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College men’s basketball: Cougars work OT

Terrez Scott leads College of the Canyons to victory over Citrus

Posted: January 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jaylen Bland (5) of College of the Canyons shoots against Citrus College at COC on Saturday. The Cougars defeated the Fighting Owls 81-77 in overtime.

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In a game featuring some of the top teams in the Western State Conference, College of the Canyons outlasted Citrus College to win in overtime 81-77 Saturday at COC.

Terrez Scott scored six of the team’s 11 points in overtime to secure the victory for the Cougars.

“He’s been under the weather and we didn’t know if he was going to play tonight,” said COC head coach Howard Fisher about Scott. “I was pleasantly surprised by his play out there.”

The Cougars (12-6 overall, 2-0 Western State) fell down by eight points early, but behind Jaylen Bland and Temjae Singleton, COC battle back to force a 36-36 tie at halftime.

Bland and Singleton combined for 20 of the team’s first half points.

As for Citrus (8-7, 1-1), sophomore forward and Golden Valley graduate Steven Thornton Jr. carried the scoring load for the Owls in the first half.

Thornton Jr. displayed his ability to penetrate off the dribble, as well as extend the defense with the open jumper as he tallied 15 first-half points.

He finished with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting, and 6-for-8 from the foul stripe.

“They have a lot of quality players,” Fisher said. “It’s not about focusing on any one guy.”

COC equalized the largest lead of the night when they controlled a 64-56 advantage with 4:27 left in regulation.

But Citrus would make a comeback of its own.

Highlighted by back-to-back 3-point plays by Jordan Mackie, the Owls mounted a 14-6 run to tie the game and force overtime at 70-70 with 58 seconds to play.

“I told my team it’s 0-0, and we just have to do what got us in this position,” Fisher said about the message to his team before overtime.

In overtime, Scott stole the show with his moves to the hoop on back-to-back Cougar possessions.

After making a layup with 2:16 to play to give COC a 73-71 lead, the sophomore guard hung in the air and switched the ball from his right hand to his left, and executed a hanging reverse layup to make the score 75-72 with 1:21 left on the clock.

From that point, Bland, along with Ronald Harris, hit decisive free throws to put the game out of reach.

Bland scored 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Scott finished with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while Singleton added 10.

“We played really hard against a quality team tonight,” Fisher said.

COC will be in action again on Wednesday as they look to stay unbeaten in conference play at home against Bakersfield.



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