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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Region XIV tournament champion Lee College quickly lost a four-point halftime lead and trailed for most of the second half, finally falling 84-80 Tuesday night in a second-round game of the men’s NJCAA tournament.
With the win, Vincennes advances to a quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Thursday against Howard College, which beat Hutchinson 92-69 earlier.
Vincennes scored the first 10 points of the second half and threatened to run away with the contest.
But Jamal Jones brought the Rebels back, and Lee reclaimed the lead with just over two minutes to play. Consecutive turnovers let Vincennes go back up 77-73, but Jones tied the game at 77-77 with a basket with 1:24 to play.
But Devin Foster’s 3-pointer with 1:05 to play put Vincennes back ahead to stay, and Foster’s fast-break basket after a turnover made it 82-77 with 52.6 seconds left.
Jones’ 3-pointer cut Vincennes’ lead to 82-80 with 41.7 seconds. Vincennes waited until only 1 second was left on the 35-second shot, missing with a 3-point attempt with six seconds to play.
Lee would have had a chance had it gotten the rebound, but Vincennes got the rebound and two points on a put-back, and that pretty much wrapped it up.
Jones led Lee College with 29 points on 6-of-10 field goals and 11-of-15 free throws. Trahson Burrell added 16 points and Don Thomas 13 points.
Darius Carter led Vincennes with 22 points, followed by 16 points by Foster.