HUTCHINSON, Kansas --- The 20th-seeded Holmes Community College Bulldogs held as much as a 15-point lead here Monday afternoon in the NJCAA National Tournament and hung on for the 72-68 win over the 13th-seeded Eastern Florida State College Titans.
With the win, the Bulldogs went to 24-6 overall and will now play No. 4-seeded Indian Falls at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The game can be watched live at njcaatv.com or you can go straight to the link at http://www.team1sports.com/index.php/videoPlayer/view?broadcast=100945&referrer=ihigh.
Eastern Florida held a 3-0 lead in the first minute of the game before the Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead on two free throws from Marcus Washington with 17:13 to play in the first half. The Titans went up by three points at 7-4 with 15:58 to play on a basket from Djordje Beronja. Holmes went up 8-7 on a bucket from Daryl Macon with 13:34 left in the first half before a Titan bucket from Demetrius McReynolds gave the Titans a one point lead at 9-8 before Macon gave the Bulldogs the 10-9 lead with 13 minutes to play in the half.
With 11:41 to play, Dietrich Taylor hit a free throw to pull Holmes up at 11-10. The Bulldogs increased the lead to nine points at 25-16 on a three-pointer from Torlorf Thomas with 4:38 left in the first half. Three consecution free throws from Macon kept the lead at nine with 54 seconds left in the first half. Kyle Meyer's bucket for Eastern Florida made the score 30-23 at halftime.
A Jermohn McQueen three-pointer for Eastern Florida cut the lead to 30-26 at the beginning of the second half. A Washington dunk for the Bulldogs with 16:19 to play stretched the lead to 15 points for the Bulldogs at 41-26. The lead remained at 11 points at 43-32 when Vercell Webster made a shot down low for the Bulldogs with 14:48 to play.
The Titans then began chipping away and pulled to within one point at 49-48 with 9:39 left in the game after McReynolds hit two consecutive three-pointers. A bucket from Devontay Clark tied the game at 53 for Eastern Florida with 7:11 left in the game, and a layup right after by Beronja gave the Titans the two-point lead at 55-53. Taylor's dunk tied the game at 55 with 5:58 left, and the Bulldogs pulled out to a 10-point lead at 66-56 with 1:22 left on a basket from Taylor.
Macon finished the game with 29 points while Washington had 16. Macon also led in rebounds with nine while Vercell Webster had seven.