January 7, 2010
Driver's three lifts YellowJackets to overtime win
ABILENE, Texas – Cristian Driver
drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the LeTourneau University
men's basketball team to a thrilling 72-71 overtime victory
over McMurry Thursday night in an American Southwest Conference
game at Kimbrell Arena.
McMurry broke a 69-all tie with 18 seconds remaining on a pair
of free throws by Jeremie Hart. LeTourneau brought the ball over
halfcourt and called a timeout to set up the final play. However,
Jesse Hayes' pass to JJ Rockmore was knocked out of play with
1.4 seconds left, setting the stage for Driver's late-game
Driver led LeTourneau (6-5 overall, 5-2 ASC) with a team-high
15 points, including knocking down the game-winner. Hayes, who
assisted on the final bucket, finished with 14 points and seven
assists. Dale Vanwright added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting before
being ejected for a flagrant two early in the second half. JJ
Rockmore scored 11 as the YellowJackets were 26-of-57 (46 percent)
from the field.
LeTourneau started slow, allowing McMurry to grab a 15-10
advantage after a Steven Luckey jumper with 15:57 remaining in the
opening half. But the YellowJackets responded and used a 21-7 run,
capped by a Cristian Driver 3-pointer to give LeTourneau a 31-22
McMurry (7-4, 5-2) battled back and cut the deficit to 36-29
as the teams headed into the break.
McMurry started the second half fast and used a 13-4 run,
capped by a Luckey 3-pointer with 16:31 left in the second half.
McMurry kept the lead for most of the second half, but LeTourneau
rallied to tie the game at 61 with 1:29 remaining on a pair of Bo
Ostarticki free throws.
Hart finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Jamal Anene had 15 points, while Luckey chipped in with 13 as
McMurry was 29-of-68 shooting for 43 percent.
The YellowJackets finish their three-game road swing 1:00
p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9 at Hardin-Simmons in an American Southwest