With Garth on the bench with foul trouble for much of the first half, Nzeakor picked up the slack, scoring 11 points to go along with eight boards to pace the Cardinals’ offense. Jackson Stent hit two free throws to push the Huskies (12-18) within 80-79 but Garth hit a free throw with a second left to secure the win. The loss proved tough for HBU, which trailed by 13 with 7:24 remaining before making a spirited run that saw them take a 77-76 lead on Jalon Gates’ free throw with 1:01 left. The Cardinals also struggled from beyond the arc, missing all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half. Lamar hit just four of their 15 long range shots, a far cry from the 17 they hit against the Huskies in their 110-75 victory on February 27. With the victory, the Cardinals, who have now won nine-straight games, recorded their first 20-win season since 2011-12, also extending a stretch that has seen them score at least 75 points in 11 of their last 12. Nzeakor did the rest, hitting a short jumper and the ensuing free throw to give the Cardinals an 80-77 lead. The Second-Team All-Southland Conference post finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds as he helped pick up the slack on an off night from first-team all-conference guard Nick Garth. Statistically, Lamar held a decisive edge for most of the first half, especially on the glass. The Cardinals outrebounded the Huskies by a 27-13 margin, including a 7-1 margin on the offensive end, but the Cards’ error-prone ways — combined with the quick hands of Bonds — resulted in Lamar committing eight turnovers that turned into 10 points for HBU.MBB: “Run to the board!”@Lamarmbb places its name in the 2nd round, advancing to play UNO Thursday. #WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong @LamarUniversity @LamarAthletics pic.twitter.com/9BDoncE5ei— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “Coach (Tic Price) trusted me with the ball,” said Hunter, who finished with 18 points and four assists. “He told me to make the play to go win us the game. When I came off the screen, I saw Josh’s man come up, so I redirected the screen. When I drove, his man came up, so I dished it to him.” Added Cottrell, “I think Lamar may be our most balanced team in our league.” Neither team held more than a five-point lead in a first half that saw the Cardinals cling to a 33-32 lead at intermission. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, TX – With overtime looming, Lamar guard Jordan Hunter delivered perhaps his most important pass of the season, giving the Cardinals at least one more night at Merrell Center. Hunter found a wide-open Josh Nzeakor for the go-ahead basket with 3.3 seconds left that pushed No. 5 Lamar past No. 8 Houston Baptist 81-79 in the opening game of the Southland Conference’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday evening. The victory earned the Cardinals (20-12) a Thursday afternoon date against No. 4 New Orleans at 5 p.m. CT.MBB: Here’s the game-winner for @LamarMBB. Nzeakor with the hoop and the harm.Cardinals advance to play @PrivateersMBB Thursday. 5 pm start inside @MerrellCenter.#WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/XUrBMIzy99— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “We picked up on our scouting that he liked to go right, so we started playing his right hand and tried to force him to go to his left,” said Price of DuBose, who had just 13 points in his last two meetings against Lamar after scoring 33 in an 88-82 overtime win over the Cardinals on January 2. “Our guys really fought hard,” said HBU coach Ron Cottrell. “The other side of the coin was that we weren’t able to create tempo, and that’s a credit to them.” Like Lamar, HBU had its leading scorer on the bench for much of the opening 20 minutes as Ian DuBose picked up two quick fouls and was scoreless in the eight minutes he was on the court. The sophomore guard was held without a field goal and had just five points on the evening.
Tom Watson won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am for his first professional victory in Florida, closing with a 1-under 70 in cold and windy conditions for a one-stroke margin over Jay Haas and Andy Bean. The round was played in temperatures reaching the low 40s, with 30 mph gusts. Indonesian Open Finland’s Mikko Ilonen shot a 1-under-70 for a one-stroke victory in the Indonesian Open, sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Scott Sterling parred the 18th hole and David Lutterus had a bogey to give the American a one-stroke victory in the Jacob’s Creek Open on Sunday in Australia. Sterling finished with a 1-under-par 71 on the Kooyonga Golf Club course, where Australian Lutterus – a 21-year-old part-time bartender – has been a member for seven years. Sterling finished with a 12-under 276 total. “It’s unbelievable,” Sterling said of his first Nationwide Tour victory. “We all play to win, but until you actually do it … you always have some kind of doubts because you haven’t done it. “Knowing that you can do it and actually doing it is nice, very rewarding.” Lutterus, a second-year pro who had a final-round 72, blocked his tee shot on the 370-yard, par-4 18th and his attempted recovery skipped across the green, leading to a bogey. “I felt fantastic on the (18th) tee, I thought `Here we go’, but just came out of it and finished in that wake, which cost me,” Lutterus said. Sterling, a 35-year-old Texan, calmly tapped in a two-foot putt for par and victory. Australians held the other leading placings in the joint Nationwide-Australasian PGA tour event, with Marc Leishman (69), and Brendan Jones (71) finishing tied for third with 10-under 278 totals. Outback Open