HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Vincennes has won the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament. The Trailblazers jumped out to a 22-point lead then held on through foul trouble to score an 87-77 victory over Ranger College.
Vincennes jumped out to a big lead and held a 50-34 advantage at the half. But Ranger turned up the defensive heat and the Vincennes inside game went into a drought. That allowed the Rangers to close within two points with about five minutes to play. But the Blazers were able to get just enough free throws and defensive stops down the stretch to put the game away.
Kevin Osawe led four Vincennes players in double figures with 22 points. Keith Clemons added 17 more. Vincennes shot a scorching 65 percent from the field in the first half and 52 percent for the game.
The Rangers were led by Johnathon Jackson with 21 points. Star guard Brayan Au scored 12 points all in the second half and did not collect a basket until there were less than 12 minutes left in the game. Ranger ends the season at 31-4.