WACO (January 16, 2013) -- The McLennan Highlanders defeated the Temple Leopards 85-70.
The two teams traded baskets until midway through the first half. Temple pulled away with a 7-0 run to take the 27-20 lead with 6:35 to play in the half. The Leopards extended the lead to 11 with 40 seconds. MCC scored four points in the final 15 seconds to cut the lead to seven at halftime.
Temple led 49-41 with 17:04 remaining in the game. The Highlanders used a 9-0 run in the next three minutes to take the 50-49 lead, the first MCC lead since the 10:52 mark of the first half. MCC began to pull away, leading by as many as 16 down the stretch.
Shawn Prudhomme led the Highlanders with 25 points. D.J. Weathers and Devonse Reed scored 18 and 11, respectively.
MCC returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Ranger. The women's game will tip off at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.
The McLennan Highlassies picked up their first conference victory with a 77-63 win over the Temple Lady Leopards tonight at The Highlands.
The game was tit-for-tat through the first 10 minutes of play. The teams were tied at 16 with 9:32 to play in the half. MCC used a 13-2 run to take its first double-digit lead at 29-18 with 6:40 to go. The Highlassies extended the lead to 16 down the stretch and held the 42-28 advantage at the break.
Temple fought back in the second half, cutting the lead to eight with 8:40 remaining in the game but was unable to pull any closer.
Traonna Shedrick led the Highlassies with 16 points. Cha' Zaye Wright and Latifah Rainey added 12 and 11, respectively. Shanice Davis and Sondra Flippin scored 10 points each.