Ramsey, Beaufort Combine for 59 Points
The Angelina College Roadrunners still have not lost consecutive games since the opening weekend of the season.
Blinn College did their best to end that streak on Wednesday night.
AC’s Corinthian Ramsey (31 points) and Kahari Beaufort (28) combined for 59 points to lead the ‘Runners past the Bucs in an 89-86 thriller at Shands Gymnasium.
A game featuring nine ties and seven lead changes came down to a
couple of plays in the final minute, with the Bucs missing out on a chance to send the game to a possible overtime. After Roadrunner Gary Blackston hit the first of two free throws with eight seconds to play to give AC the three-point lead, Blackston’s second attempt rimmed out. Blinn’s James Harrison snatched the rebound and fed the ball to the conference’s leading scorer, Buc Morris Dunnigan, who drove the lane for a layup attempt while trying to draw a foul. Dunnigan’s shot rolled off at the buzzer, allowing the ‘Runners to escape with the win.
AC trailed by 10 points to open the second half and spent most of the next 13 minutes trying to get over the hump after closing the gap to four points or less late in the game. Not until Beaufort scored on a putback with 7:36 to play would the ‘Runners regain the lead; they’d need a Ramsey layup with just over four minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Beaufort added four free throws in the final minute to keep AC’s lead safe.
Shane Temara was the only other Roadrunner to score in double figures, claiming another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Dunnigan led the Bucs with 21 points; Jaequan Brown added 16 in defeat.
The Roadrunners (15-7, 8-4) maintained their position in the standings, holding onto to second place in the South Zone. AC has Saturday off with a bye before a road trip on Wednesday at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. That game tips off at 7 p.m.
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