25 Feb Pulliam’s last-second jumper beats No. 14 Tyler, 70-68
TYLER — Trey Pulliam’s 16-foot wing jumper with :01.4 left lifted Navarro over the 14th-ranked Tyler Apaches Saturday at Floyd Wagstaff Gym.
Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs (17-10/8-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the Apaches (23-5/13-5) their second conference loss within four days, but TJC remained in sole possession of second place in the East Zone as the battle continues for Region XIV Tournament seeding.
Pulliam, who finished with 10 points, produced go-ahead baskets inside regulation’s final 0:24.
Dondre Griffin scored 20 second-half points of his 21 total to keep the Bulldogs in the game, but it was Pulliam who stepped up twice for tiebreaking shots for Navarro.
The Bulldogs led 66-62 with about a minute left when TJC’s 5-11 sophomore point guard Brian Warren hit two free throws. Sophomore guard TiAndre Jackson stole a Navarro pass and fed Warren who found 6-3 freshman guard Cameron Johnson for a jumper with :51 that tied it at 66.
Pulliam hit a go-ahead layup at 0:24.
Tyler’s 6-8 sophomore forward Tajuan Agee took a Warren feed for a game-tying dunk with :14 remaining.
Agee led TJC with 18 points and 12 rebounds; Jackson and Johnson each netted 10. Pulliam had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for NC, which hosts Kilgore for its final regular-season game in the Wolens Special Events Center on Wednesday.
Elsewhere Saturday in Region XIV basketball:
BLINN 80, ANGELINA 72 Tony Lewis scored a season-high 24 points and cleared eight rebounds as Blinn snapped out of a two-game tailspin and won at Lufkin. Antione Lister added 17 points as the Buccaneers climbed into sole possession of second place in the Region XIV South Zone. Blinn overcame a five-point halftime deficit (43-38). Angelina lost its sixth in a row despite 34 points from DeVaughn “Deedy” Gauno.
LAMAR STATE 79, SAN JACINTO 71 San Jacinto held a 58-57 lead with 6:59 left, but Ethan White and Rodney Brown keyed a 17-4 run that gave Lamar State an insurmountable 74-61 lead with 1:47 to play. The Ravens managed to trim that lead to six with :30 remaining, but the surging Seahawks used free throws to seal their fifth win in their last seven games. White led Lamar State with 21 points, while Brown added 17 points from 7-of-10 shooting, with nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Alex Williams contributed 15 points from 6-of-9 shooting with six assists. San Jacinto shot only 35.9% from the field. Lester Hamrick led the Ravens with 19 points and eight rebounds and Tay Hardy accounted for 13 points.