HUTCHINSON, Kansas — The clock struck midnight for the Cleveland State Cougars on Tuesday, as they fell 83-66 to Ranger (Texas) College in the NJCAA National Tournament second round, ending their …
HUTCHINSON, Kansas — The clock struck midnight for the Cleveland State Cougars on Tuesday, as they fell 83-66 to Ranger (Texas) College in the NJCAA National Tournament second round, ending their Cinderella like run at a national title.
On Monday, the Cougars became the first No. 24 seed to ever win a game in the tournament.
The Cougars led the first five minutes 6-3, before a Rangers' 12-0 run turned momentum and put Ranger College on top 15-6 with 12:47 left in the first half. Cleveland State battled back to cut the lead to just four with 2:32 left in the half.
In the second half, the Cougars were unable to contain the Rangers as they outscored Cleveland State 45-36 and led by as many as 23 points.
Maurice Dickson led the Cougars with 13 points and six rebounds. Demonte Person scored 11 and dished out a team-high four assists. Exavian Young and Kerry Pratt also reached double figures, with 12 and 11 points respectively.
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