BRENHAM, Texas – Blinn College men's basketball was able to force overtime with a 3-pointer from Morris Dunnigan but in overtime it was Lee College that was difficult to stop as Lee picked up a 105-96 victory Wednesday night inside the P.E. Building.
The Buccaneers were able to keep it close in overtime but fell to Lee as the Blinn record drops to 13-4 overall and 4-4 in Region XIV play.
Dunnigan led Blinn with 22 points while Corey Henderson added 16 points. John Dewey scored 14, Victor Dukes added 13 points and Emmanuel Sanosi chipped in with 10 points in the first half. Duop Reath led the way for Lee with 26 points.
Both Blinn and Lee started the game with fast-paced brand of basketball. Leads went back and forth as Blinn scored six straight to take a 20-17 lead with 12:49 left in the first half. The Buccaneers continued to push the ball as Sanosi hit a 3-pointer late in the first half to give Blinn a 55-42 lead.
Lee battled back in the final minute to get the game within 55-47 at the break. Sanosi, Dewey and Dunnigan each scored 10 points in the opening half.
Blinn had a 10-0 run near the beginning of the second half that turned a two-point lead into a 70-59 lead with 12:30 left. Lee would fight back in the closing minutes to take an 87-83 lead with less than a minute remaining.
Dunnigan was able to cut the lead down to two with a pair of free throws. After Lee made one of two free throws, Dunnigan took advantage by nailing a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 5.6 seconds left to tie the game at 88-88.
Dewey had a chance to win the game after Lee was called for an offensive foul but Dewey's last-second shot narrowly missed to force overtime. Blinn had a hard time stopping Lee down the stretch in overtime as Lee was able to hold on for the nine-point victory.
Blinn will hit the road on Saturday, Jan. 16 against Jacksonville College at 4 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 32 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
About Blinn College
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