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
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.