LaQuentin Miles’ flurry on Senior Day helped the University of Central Arkansas Bears to a feat they haven’t accomplished all season.
The Bears (8-19, 5-11) won their second game in a row and kept alive their outside hopes for a berth in the Southland Conference tournament with a 76-69 victory over last-place Lamar (3-25, 2-14) at the Farris Center.
UCA now goes on the road for games at Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin, which is undefeated in SLC play. The Bears most likely have to win both games to gain their second-straight postseason berth.
Miles scored 30 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Bears.
It wasn’t easy in a tight contest from the beginning. UCA had to have big plays from several individuals after Lamar took a 61-60 lead late.
Jalen Jackson gave UCA the lead for good with a 3-pointer, and Phabian Glasco scored two straight baskets, the last a dunk off a feed from DeShone McClure, to give UCA a 69-62 lead with 1:40 left.
After a basket and a free throw by Nimrod Hillard drew Lamar within 70-66 with 1:18 left, Mile and McClure hit free throws, DeShaun Rice blocked a shot, McClure hit a jumper and Oliver Wells hit a shot to give UCA a 78-67 lead with eight seconds left.
Jalen Jackson added 12 points. McClure, the Bears’ other senior, finished with 11.