Thanks to two big three-pointers by newcomer Rashaun Carroll, Lake Superior State overcame poor first-half shooting and a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Ashland 64-56 Wednesday in Kates Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lakers (5-4 overall) evened their men's basketball record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to 3-3. They also avenged last year's overtime loss at AU.
LSSU was 7-of-27 from the field during the first half and trailed by as many as 11 points. Ashland (3-5 overall, 2-4 GLIAC) led 30-23 at halftime.
Carroll made back-to-back three-pointers at 14:14 and 13:31 to cut an eight-point Ashland lead to two points, 35-33. An Alex Williams jumper eventually tied the score, 37-37. Williams also canned a three-pointer for a 40-39 LSSU lead.
The Lakers put the game out of reach, 59-51, when Tony Harris made two free throws with 1:09 remaining. But it was a Cameron Metz dunk and gme-tying Williams three-pointer seven minutes earlier that gave LSSU the momentum it needed down the stretch.
Carroll finished with a season-high 18 points to lead LSSU in scoring, while Derek Kinney had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second doubl double of the season. Williams finished with 14 points. Derek Billing was limited to five points, but had four steals.
LSSU shot 34.6 percent from the field, including 9-of-25 from three-point range, and made 19-of-24 free throws. Ashland led in rebounds, 36-35, but the Lakers committed only nine turnovers to AU's 16.
Ronnie Steward scored 20 points to lead Ashland, which shot 35.3 percent from the field, including 9-of-29 from behind the arc. The Eagles were 11-of-14 at the free-throw line.
LSSU plays host to Ohio Dominican at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3.