LUBBOCK, Texas - Derrell Edwards scored a game high 23 points and Malcolm Miller chipped in with 15, but the Texans could not hang with No. 13 ranked McLennan Community College Friday night as they were defeated 76-61 at the Rip Griffin Center. South Plains will end their season with an overall record of 17 wins and 13 losses.
The two teams got off to streaky starts with the Highlanders scoring the first five points of the game. The Texans then tied it up 5-5, but McLennan responded with eight consecutive points. A three by Miller followed by a second chance opportunity in the paint by Edwards brought South Plains to within three with 11 minutes, 35 seconds to go.
McLennan would stretch their first half lead to as many as ten points before the Texans closed the gap to six heading into the locker room.
The Highlanders got off to a hot start in the second half as they hit a free throw and then scored on consecutive possessions to score the first five points on their way to an 11-3 run to take a commanding 45-31 lead. Midway through the second half McLennan took the largest lead of the game, 57-42. South Plains was able to narrow their deficit to eight points on four separate occasions, but McLennan ended the game by outscoring the Texans 13-6 to advance to tomorrow's 7 p.m. semi-final game against Howard College.
The Texans got the vast majority of playing time for only six players, while the Highlanders showed depth with 11 players getting in at least 10 minutes.
South Plains shot only 37-percent (22-59) from the field, compared to their counterparts who made 53-percent (25-47).