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Archers Run Away from Dean College in NJCAA Tourney
March 20, 2014
|Jaylen Fulton was one of five Archers in double figures
with 11 points in STLCC's 92-79 win over Dean College
in the NJCAA Division II Basketball Tournament.
St. Louis Community College staved off elimination in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Basketball Tournament with a convincing 92-79 win over Dean College today in the consolation bracket.
Five Archers reached double figures in scoring, paced by Randy Reed II with 22 points. Cortez Connors, who fouled out of the Archers’ first-round loss March 18, finished with 21 points. Jake Hensel added 12 points, while Jaylen Fulton contributed 11.
Head coach Randy Reed noted that the Archers have had more scoring balance in their playoff run than at any time during the season.
“Earlier in the season, it was Connors and Reed every night, but we are starting to get some balance, and different guys are stepping up each and every night to help us win,” Reed said. “I am very proud of that fact.”
Marcus Lampley came off the bench to score 10, much to the delight of the head coach.
“Marcus played very well for us and he did a great job,” Reed said. “I am really proud of the way he played.”
A raucous crowd of more than 1,200 packed the gymnasium despite the 9 a.m. start. Some 1,100 students from Danville (Ill.) area schools attended the contest.
Turnovers were a key factor in the outcome, as the Archers forced 18 Dean turnovers that accounted for 18 points. The second-half intensity helped the Archers turn a close contest into a runaway. The game was tied at 50-50 with 16:45 left, but 16 points on fast breaks sealed the contest for STLCC.
“We are a very athletic team, as well as they are, and it was one of those up-and-down, high-tempo games,” Reed said. “The crowd was fantastic, and I am so happy I got a chance to bring a team here.”
The Archers (22-11) came off a subpar shooting performance in their tournament opener to connect on 52 percent of their shots. They also committed just 14 personal fouls, compared to 27 in their first contest.
The Archers will face Potomac State (21-9) at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, in another elimination game. The game will be broadcast live on http://www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/index.html. The winner advances to the consolation final at noon on Saturday (March 22).