Collin's Men rallied in the second half to defeat Weatherford 70-65 at home, wrapping up a trio of tight conference games. The Cougars are third in their conference behind nationally-ranked Ranger and up-and-coming Temple.
The Cougars trailed by nine going into the second half after getting off to a slow start against a quick Weatherford team, which capitalized on turnovers to build an early lead. Despite coming within one point late in the first half, Collin would not lead until six minutes into the second.
With just more than 14 minutes remaining, the teams began trading the lead. Collin went up by six on a three-pointer by Tajzmel Sherman with just under two minutes left. Sherman forced a turnover and drew a foul, adding two more from the stripe. Weatherford battled back to come within three points, but could not close the deal. Collin's Mason Hix pulled down the board and was fouled on the other end of the court to give Collin an insurmountable lead with just a few ticks left on the clock.
Hix lead scoring for the Cougars, with 15, followed by Sherman with 13 and Lamont Simmons with 12. Sherman contributed with 12 assists and three steals, while Nighel Ceaser pulled down 10 boards.
Collin went to overtime in their 80-73 loss to Southwestern Christian College earlier in the week (photos). Sherman led the team with 30 points in the game, followed by Ceaser with 17. The team registered 44 rebounds in the game, but could shot a little cold with 31.7 percent from the floor and 7-23 from behind the arc.
Sherman took over the Cougars' mid-week road game against Grayson with 47 points. The team shot 54.5 percent from the field in the game. Lamont Simmons was Collin's other leading scorer with 19 points for the night and pulling down eight rebounds.