BRENHAM, Texas – The Lee College Rebels rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat the Blinn Buccaneers 62-61 here Wednesday at the Blinn P.E. Building.
The Buccaneers didn't score in the game's final five minutes, as Lee's smothering defense allowed the Rebels to rally late in the game.
A pair of free throws with three minutes to go pulled the Rebels within 61-57, and with 2:25 left in the game, Lee's Jamal Jones hit a 3-pointer to make it a one-point ballgame. With 1:45 left, Lee's Isaac Smith made a pair of free throws to make it 62-61.
The Buccaneers got their opportunities late. With 34.6 seconds left, Lee stepped out of bounds, giving the Bucs an opportunity for a final shot. After a pair of inbounds plays, Blinn's chance at a game-winning bucket fell short and Lee grabbed the rebound for the win.
Jones, a transfer from the University of Mississippi, led the Rebels with 24 points while Trahson Burrell and Don Thomas each scored 12. The win improved Lee to 13-6 on the season and 5-3 in the Region XIV Conference.
The Bucs, who were coming off a 56-54 victory over Panola, fell to 9-10 on the season and 1-6 in Region XIV.
The Buccaneers play at Jacksonville College at 4 p.m. Saturday before hosting Angelina College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.