CORSICANA, TX -- Navarro College made up a 21-point halftime deficit to force overtime with Kilgore College, but the Rangers prevailed with the help of 29 points by Jonathan Milligan to defeat the Bulldogs Feb. 4 on the road.
KC had several costly turnovers late in regulation (11 in the second half) that gave Navarro momentum as they inched closer to the Rangers. But KC hit key free throws in overtime, never giving up the lead, eventually winning 88-87 in front of a packed crowd in Corsicana.
Missed free throws greatly hurt the Bulldogs who made only 30 percent behind the charity stripe (7-of-23). KC was 20-of-28 from the free throw line (71 percent).
One of the missed free throws was on purpose when Shaq Keith intentionally missed a free throw with three seconds left with the Rangers up by a point. The Bulldogs rebounded the ball but time expired before they could get a shot off.
Four other players besides Milligan were in double figures for KC with Bakari Copeland scoring 16, Jaleel Wheeler scoring 13, Shaq Keith scoring 11 and Alasssane Kah with 10 points.
Wayne Martin led all Navarro scorers with 26 points, earning a double-double adding 13 rebounds.
With the win, KC improves to 16-7 overall and 8-5 in Region XIV play.
The Rangers' next game is 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at home versus Trinity Valley Community College.