Grant Fossum made a three-point shot with 3:56 to play in the second half that propelled the Lon Morris College Bearcats basketball team to a 62-59 win over the Navarro College Bulldogs at Vivian and Bob Smith Gymnasium Saturday night.

Fossum, who started the game on the bench, finished the first half with just one unsuccessful shot attempt. In the second half, he was held scoreless until his three-point shot. Over the final three minutes of play, Fossum was sent to the free-throw line four times and converted 6 of 8 attempts to finish with nine points.

“He missed some free-throws that he usually doesn’t miss,” Dotson said of Fossum. “He did what we thought he could do and what he ought to do, and what he should do.

“I was proud of him. He did a good job.”

The Bearcats (21-5 overall, 14-5 in conference) had another successful night on defense. They executed their game plan of keeping Navarro’s Shaun Reynolds from driving to the basket and creating scoring opportunities, but he was still able to cause some trouble for LMC.

“The way they play, they try to get the ball to the bucket,” Dotson said of the Bulldogs. “He (Reynolds) comes down here and hits a bunch of three’s, and I think he had hit eight all year. Boom, boom, boom he fires it in, and we’re doing exactly what we need to do defensively, which is keep him from getting to the bucket.”

The Bulldogs (10-17, 5-14) kept LMC from scoring through the first four minutes of the contest. The Bearcats didn’t record their first field goal until Bryson Graham knocked down a three-point shot with 13:44 to play in the first half.

Navarro controlled the tempo of the game and the scoreboard in the early going, but they could not control LMC sophomores Chuma Awaji and Hernol Hall.

Awaji helped the Bearcats recover from their slow start with a 12-point first half. His performance, along with nine points from Graham, gave LMC a 30-28 halftime lead.

Hall dominated the game in the second half and scored 12 points in the period, to finish with 19 points in the game. Hall also grabbed 12 rebounds, and finished with a double-double in the game.

Reynolds tried to guide the Bulldogs to an upset win with 18 points in the game, including 12 in the second half, but it was to no avail.

“They’re so scrappy and so aggressive chasing the ball, they’ve got good quickness and they’re very athletic,” Dotson said of Navarro. “When you have to defend them that long, they were making us defend them for 20 to 25 seconds at a time, that’s tough.

“I thought the kids (LMC) did a really good job of doing that.”

The Bearcats play at Angelina at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Lady Bearcats will start the action against the Lady Roadrunners at 5:30 p.m.

Lon Morris College 62,

Navarro College 59

NAVARRO — Shaun Reynolds 18, Jamaal McCoy 12, Warrell Span 11, Kyndall Dykes 7, Christian Weddborn 4, Nick Shaw 3, Thomas Morgan 2, Lance McGuire 2. Three-point goals: (Reynolds 4, McCoy 2, Shaw). Free-throws: 8-11

LON MORRIS — Hernol Hall 19, Chuma Awaji 14, Bryson Graham 11, Grant Fossum 9, James Legan 6, Chris Berry 2, Ezra McInnes 1. Three-point goals: (Graham 3, Awaji 2, Fossum). Free-throws: 26-37

HALFTIME — Lon Morris College 30, Navarro College 28

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