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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:05 a.m. CDT

NJCAA quarterfinal

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Northwest Florida State College, coached by former SWCC men’s coach Steve Forbes, rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to force overtime and defeat sixth-seeded New Mexico Junior College, 88-87, Tuesday at the NJCAA Tournament.

The Raiders went on a 23-3 run to force overtime after trailing 72-52 with 4:35 remaining in the game. The win sets up a quarterfinal meeting at noon today with No. 1 seeded Iowa Western Community College of Councl Bluffs.

Third-seeded NWF State (28-3) still trailed 75-67 with 52 seconds to play Tuiesday, when Chris Jones scored the final eight points of regulation. He finished with 23 in the second half. His jumper with :26 left tied it at 75-75.

Forbes led NWF State to a national runner-up finish a year ago.

Iowa Western (32-2) advanced Tuesday with a 79-74 victory over North Platte at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

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