OLYMPIA - Michael Ward and Jordan Knight helped the South Puget Sound Community College men's basketball team finally break into the win column in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Ward scored 25 points and Knight added 20 Wednesday night as the Clippers defeated Tacoma 87-81. SPSCC improved to 1-10 in the NWAACC and 3-19 overall.
The Clippers trailed 33-32 at halftime but had an advantage from the free-throw line in the second half, sinking 15 of 23 shots from the foul line to Tacoma's 6-for-10 effort in the half. SPSCC finished 20-for-35 from the line.
SPSCC shot 29-for-71 (40.8 percent), and Tacoma was 28-for-71 (39.4 percent).
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Chris Scott added 17 points, seven assists and six steals for the Clippers. Matt Jordan had 10 points and seven boards.
Kenny Chapman scored 24 points to lead Tacoma (3-8, 4-17).
SPSCC 59, Tacoma 58 (OT)
The Clippers rallied from eight points back to win in overtime.
SPSCC's Chantel Hernandez tied the scored 53-53 with 3.8 seconds left, forcing the overtime.
"It was a gutty, gutty, gutty win," coach Dee Dee Horton said.
Hernandez led SPSCC with 20 points and Alissa Wright added 15.
Tacoma led 29-21 at halftime despite shooting just 30 percent for the first 20 minutes.
The Clippers improved to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in league. Tacoma dropped to 14-8 and 8-3.
"The win was huge," Horton said. "There are five teams fighting for four spots in the NWAAC tournament."
TCC went just 3-for-20 from 3-point range.