Highlanders outlast Temple, Bogues hits career milestone

Highlanders outlast Temple, Bogues hits career milestone

In a heated rivalry matchup that came down to the final buzzer, the No. 5 McLennan Highlanders defeated the Temple Leopards 100-92 Wednesday evening to remain undefeated.

The Highlanders found themselves in uncharted territory in the first half, trailing most of the way. Temple opened the game on a 9-0 run, putting McLennan in an early deficit. Shannon Bogues drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 14:32 remaining in the first half to begin a 7-0 run for the Highlanders, trimming the Temple lead to two. The Leopards extended the lead to six, 20-14, with 11:09 to go in the half. Bogues then got loose for a drive to the basket to score his 1000th point in his MCC career. Temple took their first double-digit lead at 26-16 and continued to lead by 10, 39-29, with just under five minutes to go on the clock. McLennan picked up the pace sparked by back-to-back baskets by Derrick Farquharson. A 7-0 Highlander run cut the Leopard lead to three. Temple led 43-38 with 1:16 to go. McLennan's Chamar Hawkins drained four consecutive free throws and a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Highlanders their first lead of the game, 45-43, going into the locker room.

Bogues and the Highlanders began the second half with a renewed sense of purpose. Bogues began the second half with a high-flying dunk. The game was tied at 53 with 15:30 to play. Farquharson and Zarious Wilson gave McLennan the six-point lead, 59-53, with back-to-back 3-pointers from well beyond the arc. Temple rallied to tie the game at 68 with 8:49 to go. The game was tied at 77 with 5:38 to play. Bogues and Isaiah Gurley stepped up for the Highlanders, combining for a 7-2 run over the next two minutes. A tip-in by Fred Jackson with 3:30 to go gave McLennan their largest lead of the game, 88-79. The Highlanders led 91-86 when Temple began the intentional fouls. McLennan went 9-10 from the free throw line and held the Leopards to just six points in the final minute to seal the win. 

Farquharson recorded his second consecutive double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Highlanders. Gurley and Bogues added 21 and 19, respectively. Wilson scored 13 points and Jackson added 10.

McLennan 100, Temple 92

Temple: John Mouton 1 2-2 4; Cullin Johnson 2 0-0 5; Kaelin Jackson 8 2-2 23; Chris West 1 2-3 4; J. R. Adams 4 4-5 14; Torenzo Saunders 4 4-4 12; Malik Malone 3 7-8 14; Jon-Reese Woodson 0 0-2 0; Max Portmann 7 2-3 16; Totals: 30 23-29 92.

McLennan: Kyle Brennon 0 0-0 0; Zarious Wilson 4 3-4 12; Chamar Hawkins 1 4-4 7; Hayden Hunter 1 0-0 2; Derrick Farquharson 9 3-3 23; Shannon Bogues 8 2-2 19; Isaiah Gurley 7 3-6 21; Jashawn Talton 1 0-0 2; Daniel Pinho Severo 1 0-0 3; Fred Jackson 4 2-2 10; Julius Palmer 0 0-0 0; Totals: 36 18-24 100.

3-pointers: Temple 9 (Jackson 5, Adams 2, Johnson 1, Malone 1), McLennan 10 (Gurley 4, Farquharson 2, Wilson 2, Hawkins 1, Bogues 1); Total fouls: McLennan 23, Temple 21; Fouled out: Temple (West); Halftime score: McLennan 45, Temple 43; Record: McLennan 23-0 (4-0).