Blunt guides JC Jags to thrilling 91-90 win over Blinn

Justin Blunt (13) scored 21 points and hauled in 19 rebounds (10 offensive) to help propel Jacksonville College to a 91-90 come-from-behind win over Blinn College on Saturday night at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.

Justin Blunt probably wasn't one of the Jacksonville Jaguars that Blinn College coaches lost sleep over worrying how to defend him.

After all, the sophomore from Houston via Northwest Kansas Tech, came into Saturday's game averaging just five points and five rebounds per game.

Blunt burst loose in front of the large homecoming crowd at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse to score 21 points and pull down 19 rebounds (10 offensive boards) to spark the Jaguars to a 91-90, come-from-behind, triumph over the Buccaneers (16-9, 6-8).

JC moved to 13-10, 6-8 with the win and will have a few days off before playing Coastal Bend at 4 p.m. Saturday in Beeville.

Trailing by eight at halftime, head coach Luis Turcott's Jagsters held Blinn to 35 points in the second half, while scoring 44 points, with Blunt tossing in 13 in the final 20 minutes of play.

Lamarcus Donahue drove in to score a layup from the left side with :43 ticks left in regulation, which knotted the game at 90.

When Blunt made the first of two attempts from the free throw line with 14 ticks showing on the clock, JC was able to move in front by a point.

Blinn had what turned out to be the last possession of the game, but before the Bucs could get a shot off, and as the horn sounded, Braxton Lovings was able to contest a Blinn player's possession of the ball, as the two rivals went to the floor, each trying to secure possession.

Free throws also played a big factor in the game, with JC hitting 23 of 30 (76.6-percent) from the line, compared to Blinn sinking 9 of 15 (60-percent).

In the decisive final half, JC went 10 of 13 from the line, with the Bucs making good on 4 of 5 freebies.

Nicholas Gazelas' offensive punch, especially in the first half when he dropped in 16 of his game-high 27 points, allowed the Jags to stay in the game early. Gazelas fired in 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

Henry Hampton finished with 16 points and a team-best six assists for the Jags, with Donahue and Faybeyon Shelton adding 10 apiece.

Tristan Ikpe and Pedro Castro sparked Blinn by tossing in 23 and 18 points, respectively.

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