Jan. 8, 2008
The Lamar University basketball team used a 23-4 run down the stretch to erase a 14-point deficit and surge into conference play with a 74-69 win over a tough Utah Valley State squad Tuesday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar (6-7) had five players reach double-figures, led by Lamar Sanders' season-high 18 on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with four assists and four steals. Matthew Barrow and Kenny Dawkins each made three 3-pointers as they finished with 14 and 13, respectively.
For the game, Lamar shot 50 percent and out-rebounded Utah Valley 31-26 while turning 15 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. Utah Valley had just eight points off of six offensive boards.
The Cardinals have now won five of their last seven overall and five consecutive at home.
The first half featured four ties and four lead changes. Utah Valley closed the half on a 15-5 run to take a 42-35 lead into the break. The Wolverines shot 67 percent in the opening 20 minutes and were 7-for-12 from behind the 3-point arc.
Utah Valley (6-11) maintained its hot shooting as it stretched its lead to 60-46 with 12:33 remaining. Lamar then began its comeback thanks in large part to an increased intensity level.
Over the next 8:38, the Cardinals went 9-for-13, drained four shots from outside and most importantly, held the Wolverines to two field goals while forcing the transitioning Division I school into five turnovers - which LU turned into eight points.
Utah Valley's Ryan Toolson, who finished with a game-high 32 points and tied the Montagne Center record for 3-pointers by an opponent with eight, also managed just three points in the final 15 minutes.
Lamar will open Southland Conference play at home on Saturday night against Texas-San Antonio. Tip-off at the Montagne Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.