TYLER, TX -- Rivalry games are almost always tight and this one was no different with the Kilgore College men slipping past Tyler Junior College, 67-62, in Wagstaff Gymnasium.
TJC got within six points with 1:27 left in the game when Mason Matthews nailed a 3-pointer, but KC's Dantwan Grimes responded with a 3-pointer of his own to take back the 9-point lead with a minute left.
After an Apache turnover and a missed one-and-one by KC, TJC's Jestin Porter hit a 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds left to get within six points again, 65-59.
After being fouled, KC's Malik Grant drained both free throws then Porter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score 67-62.
Grimes and KJ Jenkins each scored 13 points, while Stephan Morris came off of the bench to score 12.
TJC had four players in double figures with Jestin Porter (13), Mason Matthews (13), Taevon Anderson (11) and Isaac Aguiar (11)
KC (14-5) has one final regular season game 4 p.m. Friday, April 2, versus Victoria College before starting the Region XIV Tournament in Jacksonville April 6.