Pearl River’s Earl Smith, Tae Hardy, Jamarcus Jones and Cameron Smith (left to right) share a laugh during PRCC’s 96-58 win over Hinds on Jan. 16 inside Marvin R. White Coliseum. (BRETT RUSS/PRCC ATHLETICS)

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River men's basketball team is on the move again in the NJCAA rankings.

After sliding to as low as No. 5 in recent weeks despite an unblemished record, the Wildcats (12-0 overall, 4-0 MACJC South) were ranked No. 3 when the NJCAA Top 25 was announced Tuesday afternoon. The third-place ranking matches the program's high-water mark, which was set earlier this season. The Wildcats also received a first-place vote for the second consecutive week.

The ranking comes after Pearl River battled out a 59-55 win at Jones College and then throttled Hinds 96-58.

PRCC's highest ranking prior to this season was fifth, which was achieved during Week 5 of the 2010-11 season.

The Wildcats have now been ranked for 22 consecutive polls. The run started with the 2018-19 preseason ranking and is a program-best.


PRCC hosts rival Gulf Coast in a doubleheader Tuesday. The Wildcats then visit Southwest on Thursday. Both doubleheaders are set to start at 5:30 p.m.


All home events are broadcast on and Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store. Conference games can also be heard on WRJW 1320 AM, or by downloading the WRJW app.

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