The Our Lady of the Lake University men's basketball team beat the University of St. Thomas at Houston Celts 107-103 in overtime Nov. 4 at Mabee Gymnasium. The win marked the beginning of a basketball program at the University that has been dormant for more than 25 years.
With the second half under way, both teams took turns wrestling the lead from one another, and with three seconds left in the game, the Saints found themselves up by three points. After intentionally missing a free-throw, the Celts managed to tip the ball out to the arc, where they drained a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Despite having most of their bench ineligible due to fouling out, the Saints fought through the overtime period, outhustling the Celts to several loose balls and rebounds. Junior forward Sherman Howard iced the game with four seconds remaining when he drained a free throw to give the Saints a four point margin 107-103.
Howard, senior point guard Justin Porter, and freshman guard Robert Martinez led all Saints scorers with 15 points each. Junior guard Curtis Bowens led the team with eight assists, while sophomore forward Melanio Ebendeng led the Saints with nine rebounds. Porter also finished with a team high two blocked shots, while sophomore guard Keonte Logan led the Saints with five steals.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click on the logo below: www.championsofcharacter.org.