Men’s basketball: D.J. Vaughn scorches nets for Waubonsee
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2013 10:36PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 10:40PM
Most shooters have a habit of running hot or cold.
D.J. Vaughn was blistering Thursday night at Erickson Hall where Waubonsee Community College sped past Morton, 74-62.
“He carried us tonight,” WCC head coach David Heiss said.
Actually, Vaughn picked the Chiefs up and put them on his back with an uncanny shooting display. He hit 11-of-14 shots from the field and burned the nets with 7-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Vaughn hit all six of his treys in the first half en route to 21 of his game-high 30 points.
“I just come in with the same mindset every game,” Vaughn said. “Just looking to shoot. After I hit my first one I just feel like I can hit every one and just have to keep the same mindset.”
There was one shot in particular that brought more than a few looks of exasperation from Morton sideline.
A strong defensive effort by the Panthers forced the Chiefs to inbound the ball with three seconds left on the clock. And, the Chiefs were 30 feet away from the basket.
Vaughn took the ball, turned and launched a shot that found nothing but the bottom of the net.
“I actually kind of wanted the shot,” Vaughn said with a chuckle. “I told my teammate to toss it right back to me.”
It was a huge win for Waubonsee. The Chiefs improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
Roderick Adair added 12 points while both Nick Townes and Ricardo Martin added 11 each, and Marcus Franklin chipped in with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
The Chiefs trailed only once (2-1 early) and held a 17-point lead (53-36) lead after a 15-0 run to open the second half. Only Waubonsee couldn’t put Morton away. The Panthers rallied to cut the deficit to six (54-48) with 9:25 remaining.
“We didn’t put them away and that’s what you need to do,” Heiss said. “We had a chance early in the second half, (but) we got stagnant.”
Morton 73, Waubonsee 59 — The Chiefs shot 34 percent from the field and dropped to 7-11 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Tesa Alderman scored 13 points, Katilyn Rosa 12 and LaDesha Nelson 10 for Waubonsee.