WACO (February 2, 2013) -- In a game that came down to the wire, the McLennan Highlanders defeated the Southwestern Christian Rams 70-66 Saturday in Terrell.
The game was tight from start to finish. MCC built a nine-point lead midway through the first half but Southwestern Christian rallied to take the 33-31 advantage at halftime.
The Rams extended the lead to six early in the second half. The Highlanders rallied to tie the game at 49 with 12:13 remaining in the game. MCC used a 10-3 run in the next six minutes to pull away. The Highlanders led 67-56 with 1:30 to play. Southwestern Christian began to chip away at the lead and pulled within two points with 3.3 seconds remaining. MCC inbounded the ball and Tevin Hanner slammed down a dunk at the buzzer to secure the win.
Devonse Reed led MCC with 16 points and D.J. Weathers added 15, all from behind the arc. Shawn Prudhomme and DeChriston McKinney added 14 and 11, respectively, to round out the Highlanders in double figures.
In women's action, the McLennan Highlassies defeated the Southwestern Christian Lady Rams 68-42.
Both teams started off slow. MCC built a six-point lead with 14:27 to go in the first half. Southwestern Christian fought back, tying the game at 19 with 5:30 on the clock. The Highlassies ended the half on a 8-2 run to take the 27-21 lead at the break.
MCC came out on fire in the second half. The Highlassies extended the lead to 10 with 17:23 and continued to pull away down the stretch as they cruised to the victory.
Cha'Zaye Wright led the Highlassies with 20 points and Shanice Davis added 14.
MCC returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Weatherford. The women's game will tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.