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November 20, 2012

Minor leads Lamar to first win of season

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. —  Freshman Donnell Minton hit six free throws in the

final minute, and senior Donley Minor scored a career-high 22 points, leading

Lamar University to an 86-82 non-conference basketball win over IUPUI in the

consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off from Virginia’s John Paul Jones

Arena.

With the Cardinals holding on to a three point lead, Minton calmly stepped to

the line and knocked down a pair of free throws with 32 seconds to

play to push the LU lead back to 82-77. The Jaguars’ Mitchell Patton hit a

hook shot to pull IUPUI back to within three with 20 seconds on the clock.

Lamar inbounded to Minton and the freshman knocked two more down to make it

84-79 with 19 seconds. John Hart, who finished with 20 points for IUPUI, hit a

3-pointer to make it a two point game with 13 seconds to play.

LU redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell was then fouled, but couldn’t hit the front

end of the one-and-one and IUPUI had a chance to tie the game. The Jaguars’

Greg Rice drove into the lane but couldn’t get his shot to fall. Minton

grabbed the board and was fouled, hitting his final two free throws with 1.2

showing on the clock to ice Lamar’s first win of the year.

The Cardinals, who will play at rival Arkansas State on Sunday afternoon at 2:05

p.m., improved to 1-4 on the season. Lamar finished 1-3 in its second ever trip

to the NIT Season Tip-Off. IUPUI fell to 2-4 with the loss.

“I thought it was big for us because we had three freshmen in at the end,”

said second-year LU head coach Pat Knight about picking up the win. “You

practice that stuff, but it doesn’t mean anything in practice. So for these

kids to step up like this and win is big.

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