Cougar forward Tiondre Johnson caught fire late in the contest to preserve the win, finishing with a game-high 25 points. Johnson was also a force on the glass with 12 rebounds for a nice double-double in the victory.
The Cougars owned the first half, draining outside jumpers and playing superb defensively. The Highlanders were most often limited to one and done over the first 20 minute. The pace was slow but the Cougars emerged with a 31-18 first half lead when the buzzer sounded at halftime.
The Highlanders solved the CBC defense in the second half, at least, for the most part. McLennan chipped away at the lead and then ran off a 9-0 spurt that got them within five, 50-45, with about seven minutes left.
It got even closer and the game was down to just two points, 62-60, with 33 ticks left on the clock. The Highlanders were forced to foul and Johnson stepped to the line for the Cougars and calmly sank both chances at the charity stripe for a 64-60 lead.
McLennan hit a basket to creep back within two at 64-62 with eight seconds left but then put Ashton Brown at the line, hoping for a missed free throw.
Brown displayed a good touch and sank both tries for the 66-62 final.
Brown finished with 14 points in the win for the Cougars while Dajon King followed with nine. Tanner Elenburg hit for six points and Dominic Steadham and David Atkinson contributed four each.
Charles Mells finished with just two points but helped on the boards with seven rebounds and was the defensive stopper on the court with seven big blocks.
The Cougars take their 4-8 record to Levelland today to meet the South Plains College squad. The Cougars will be back at home in the Cougar Den on Tuesday night when the Universal City All-Stars pay another visit to Beeville. The tip off is set for 7 p.m.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.