KC men victorious against Grayson College, 86-77

KILGORE, TX -- They say it's hard to beat a team twice in a year, and that proved true Nov. 29 in Masters Gymnasium as the Kilgore College men's basketball team overcame a three-point halftime deficit to defeat a scrappy Grayson College team, 86-77.

KC faced Grayson College (5-6, 0-0) just eight days ago in Sherman, defeating the Vikings, 80-70.

Grayson kept the score close most of the way in the game that had nine lead changes and six ties.

KC (7-2, 0-1) didn't help its cause by struggling from the free throw line, only making 24-of-46 free throws (52 percent) and turning the ball over 25 times.

The Vikings had 18 turnovers, but shot much better from the charity stripe, making 24-of-34 free throws (72 percent).

Grayson's Jihad Watson led all scorers with 24 points while DJ Thomas scored 23 points for the Vikings.  Jihad was 6-of-14 from the three-point line.

KC was led in scoring by D'Rell Roberts with 19 points, Cameron Gooden with 18 points and Tyron McMillian with 15 points.

Rodrigue Andela was strong on the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds for the Rangers.  Andela also had six blocked shots, four steals and two assists.

The Rangers will play CYM Prep at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, back in Masters Gymnasium.