Isaiah May hit a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 2.5 seconds left to give 10th-seeded Lake Land a 72-70 win over No. 7 Lewis & Clark in the Region 24 NJCAA Central District mens basketball quarterfinals.
Lewis & Clark had won two earlier games this season — 85-78 on Jan. 11 and 110-97 last week..
“The guys fought the entire game,” Lake Land coach Brandon Colvin said. “I was proud of their effort. Our defense was the best it had been in a long time, especially after giving up 110 to this same team a week ago”
May’s shot capped off a comeback from six down with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Neither team found a way to pull away as the lead was never more than six points.
At halftime the score was 30-30 thanks to the Trailblazers’ DeAngelo Ware making a 3-point shot at the buzzer.
The Lakers, who improved to 9-22, next face No. 2 seed Vincennes, ranked No. 12 in the NJCAA, at 5 p.m. at Rend Lake College.
Like Lewis & Clark, Vincennes swept the season series against Lake Land—70-64 at VU and winning handedly in Mattoon, 100-59.
May led three Lakers in double-digits with 18 points, while the team’s leading scorer throughout the season, Adam Price, scored 17. Teutopolis native Clint Weber added 12.
Overall, all 10 Lakers who saw time scored.