HUTCHINSON, Kansas --- The 20th-seeded Holmes Community College Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National Tournament with a 78-67 win over the No. 4-seeded Indian Hills Community College Warriors here Tuesday night.
With the win, the Bulldogs went to 25-6 overall and will play the 12th-seeded Hill College Rebels of Hillsboro, Texas, 30-3 overall, at 2 p.m. Thursday. Hill defeated Mineral Area, 84-83, in the second round. The game can be watched on njcaatv.com.
In the first half, Indian Hills got up by eight points at 17-9 with 13:51 left. The Bulldogs tied the game at 17 on a three-pointer from Torlorf Thomas with 12:29 left in the first half. The Warriors retook the lead at 19-17 before the Bulldogs tied the game at 19 and then went up by five points on a Marcus Washington dunk with 9:59 left in the first half.
Indian Hills retook the lead at 27-26 on a three-pointer with 8:55 left in the half and went up by as much as six points with 2:52. The Bulldogs scored the final seven points on buckets from Thomas, Jarvis Williams and R.J. Scott to end the half. Scott rebounded a Williams' miss as time expired to put the Bulldogs up 37-36.
In the second half, Macon got going for the Bulldogs after getting into foul trouble in the first half. He scored eight points in less than four minutes to push the lead to six points at 45-39 with 16:02 to play in the game. Thomas hit another three for the Bulldogs with 11:54 to play to put Holmes up by six at 54-48.
Holmes went up six again at 59-53 with 8:44 on a bucket from Vercell Webster and then nine on a big three-pointer from Williams to make the score 62-53 with 8:18 to go. The largest lead in the second half was 13 two different times, once with 6:45 to play on a free throw from Macon and again with 3:46 to play on a three-pointer from Williams.
Macon hit six consecutive free throws beginning with a minute left to keep the Warriors from making a late comeback.
Macon finished the game with 20 points while Washington, Thomas, Harper and Taylor each had 11 points. Taylor had nine rebounds, Webster had eight and Harper and Washington each had seven. Macon was 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-6 from the three-point line and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Thomas was 3-of-4 from three-point range while Williams was 3-of-6.
The Bulldogs shot 39.4 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the three-point line and 53.8 percent from the free throw line.