Jan. 19, 2008
Lamar Sanders and Matthew Barrow each scored 18 points as Lamar erased a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Sam Houston State, 93-90, in overtime at the Montagne Center Saturday night.
After falling behind 34-20 with 3:34 to play in the opening period, Lamar fought back and took its first lead of the game, 56-53, on a Barrow 3-pointer with 12:23 to play. The Cardinals used a 21-6 spurt and led 61-55 with just over 10 minutes left, but in the final quarter of regulation had four lead changes and six ties.
Tied at 76 following regulation, Lamar made three 3-pointers to jump out to seven point lead and never trailed in the overtime. The Cardinals made all eight free throws and outscored the Bearkats 17-14 in the final frame.
Lamar (8-8, 2-1 Southland) won its seventh-consecutive at home and made it two-straight over SHSU. Two days after shooting just 60 percent from the free throw line, the Cardinals made 25-of-27 for 92.6 percent.
Brandon McThay and Justin Nabors each had 13 points, while Kenny Dawkins and Darren Hopkins added 10 apiece. Lamar held a 42-35 rebounding edge.
SHSU (14-3, 2-2) had all five starters in double figures led by Ashton Mitchell and DeLuis Ramirez netting 19 each.
It was Lamar's first overtime game of the season and the third for SHSU who dropped to 1-2. Lamar is now 41-38 all-time in overtime contests and 24-14 at home. The 93 points scored by Lamar were the most against SHSU since the last meeting between the two teams - a 99-98 Cardinal win in the opening round of the 2007 Southland Tournament.
Lamar will travel to Central Arkansas (11-7, 1-2 SLC) for a Thursday night contest in Conway, slated for a 7 p.m. tip.