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MCC free-throw shooting drops Navarro, 91-82

The McLennan Highlanders got 30 points from Jalen Jones and hit 35-of-40 free throws as team as they defeated the Navarro Bulldogs Saturday in the final game of the Lewis Orr Classic at Navarro College.

Jones, a recent University of Texas-Arlington signee, was a perfect 18-of-18 from the foul line as MCC improved to 7-1 overall.

The game was close through the first 15 minutes of play. McLennan led 29-28 with 4:41 to go in the first half. The Highlanders closed the half on a 18-5 run to break the game open and take the 47-33 lead into the locker room. McLennan extended the lead to 16 early on in the second half and held the 63-47 lead with 10:41 remaining in the game.

Navarro began to chip away and pulled within six with 1:10 to go, but the Highlanders went 6-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.

Keying a 12-point unanswered run during the 18- first-half finish were freshman James Harrison and sophomore Ricardo Artis. For the game, Harrison hit 19 and Artis finished with 16.  Alex Mills, with 13, was a fourth Highlander in double-figure scoring.

Wayne Martin’s 19 paced Navarro (4-2).  Anthony Sanders chipped in 15 points and Cris Boleware added 12 for the Bulldogs.

NC plays Tuesday at Temple.

McLennan 91, Navarro 82

McLennan: Rashaan Surles 1 0-0 2; K.J. Boyd 1 1-2 3; Jalen Jones 5 18-18 30; James Harrison 6 3-3 19; Alex Mills 3 7-8 13; Ricardo Artis 7 2-4 16; Ben Brown-White 0 2-2 2; Aundre Jackson 2 2-3 6; Totals: 25 35-40 91.

Navarro: Anthony Sanders 5 0-0 15; Chris Boleware 5 1-2 12; Trey Young 1 0-0 3; Brian Long 1 2-3 5; DeShawn Robinson 2 2-2 6; Byron Smith 1 0-0 2; Derrick Taylor 3 1-1 8; Jamar Martin 4 2-2 11; Wayne Martin 5 9-12 19; Maika Ostling 0 3-4 3; Totals: 26 20-26 82.

3-pointers: McLennan 6 (Harrison 4, Jones 2), Navarro 9 (Sanders 5, Boleware 1, Young 1, Taylor 1, J. Martin 1); Total fouls: McLennan 23, Navarro 28; Fouled out: McLennan (Beverly, Jackson); Navarro (Young, J. Martin); Halftime score: McLennan 47, Navarro 33; Record: McLennan 7-1, Navarro 4-2.