UT Rio Grande Valley has program-best comeback to beat Lamar
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Lesley Varner II tied a career high with 21 points and UT Rio Grande Valley overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Lamar 77-75 on Friday night.
The Vaqueros (4-3) became the 28th team in NCAA history to overcome a deficit of 24 or more points while setting the program record with the comeback.
Javon Levi, who scored a career-high 19 points, sank back-to-back layups to give UT Rio Grande Valley its first lead of the game at 72-70 with 3:02 to go. Lamar retook the lead at 73-72, but the Vaqueros made 5 of 8 free throws to pull away for good.
The Cardinals (3-3) scored 21 straight to lead 28-4 in the first nine minutes. UT Rio Grande Valley closed the first half with an 18-6 run to cut the deficit to 42-34.
Jordan Jackson had 12 point, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Vaqueros.