Cowley College sophomore Clarence King poured in 22 points and the Tigers made just enough plays down the stretch Tuesday night to knock off No. 21-ranked Barton 67-65 in Jayhawk Conference action in W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Aside from Saturday’s loss at Dodge City, the Tigers (5-4, 1-2 Jayhawk D-I) lost their other three games by a combined 14 points, including two against NOC-Tonkawa.
Tuesday’s game featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than six points.
Clinging to a 67-65 lead, the Tigers lost possession of the ball on a jump ball with 17.8 seconds left. Barton needed a basket to tie or a 3-pointer to win, but the Cowley defense suffocated the Cougars (6-2, 0-2), who weren’t able to get a shot off until after the final buzzer.
The Tigers celebrated ending a three-game losing skid and being able to win a close game after some tough losses.
Xavier Valley and Mekhi Cameron scored 11 points apiece to join King in double figures.
Evans Kipruto had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Cougars, who have dropped two straight after opening the season with six consecutive wins.
The Tigers remain home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to face Northwest Kansas Tech. The Mavericks (2-4, 1-1) haven’t played since a 69-64 loss on Nov. 20 at Pratt.