Nov. 28, 2009
Anthony Miles scored the final five points of the game, including a pair of free throws with 10.7 seconds left to lead Lamar to a 74-73 come from behind win over North Carolina A&T at the Montagne Center Saturday night.
Miles helped Lamar (3-4) with 15 points and a career-high nine assists in 33 minutes. The Cardinals also got 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals from Justin Nabors as LU snapped a four-game losing skid. For Nabors it was his team-leading third double-double of the year, while Charlie Harper pitched in with his second as he added 14 points and 15 boards off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting.
Lamar trailed by as many as eight with just under eight minutes remaining before cutting the Aggie margin to one at 73-72 on a Miles 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining. Dwane Joshua missed a jumper on the ensuing A&T possession to allow Lamar a chance to tie or take the lead. After Miles missed a jumper in the lane, Harper grabbed his fifth offensive rebound to give Lamar new life without a shot clock. Miles was then fouled on a drive down the lane and made both free throws in the double-bonus situation.
A&T had one more attempt after a time out but Tavarus Alston's 15-footer was short and time expired. Alston led all players with 24 points. Joshua finished with 21 on 5-of-6 from outside. NC A&T (3-5) was 11-for-25 on 3-pointers.
Lamar led 37-31 at the break but A&T used a 10-4 run in the opening 2:24 to tie the score at 41-41.
The Aggies started to make their outside shots during a six-minute stretch in the middle of the second period that allowed them to open up the eight-point advantage. Miles was on the bench during much of that stretch after falling hard on his back follow a blocked shot.
Lamar blocked a season-high eight shots but none may have been more key than Kendrick Harris' with 2:10 to play. Harris sprinted down the floor in transition following an LU turnover and blocked an Alston wide-open layup from behind to keep the margin at 71-67. The Aggies retained possession but lost it later in the shot clock when Miles stole the ball from Nic Simpson and went coast-to-coast for a layup to make it a 71-69 game.
Lamar shot 42 percent and outrebounded A&T 43-36. Reggie Mathis made three of the Cards' five 3-pointers as he finished with 13 points and three steals. LU also had a season-high 10 steals.
Lamar will be back in action on Wednesday night when it travels to Denver, Colo., to face the Denver Pioneers. Tip-off at Magness Arena is set for 8:00 p.m. Central time and the game will be carried on KLVI 560-AM in Southeast Texas.