PENSACOLA, Florida - With ice water pumping through his veins, sophomore Devaugn Thomas calmly hit two free throws with less than a second left on the clock to lead Lamar State College Port Arthur past Pensacola State College 72-71 on Tuesday night in the second day of the Pensacola State College Thanksgiving Classic.
The Seahawks trailed by as many as 13 points to the Pirates but utilized its stifling full-court defense to create turnovers converted to points. The Pirates turned the ball over 24 times, compared to just 10 giveaways by the Seahawks.
Thomas, the leading scorer for the Seahawks so far this season, finished with 14 points, hitting 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He added 10 rebounds for his third double-double performance of the season. He has scored in double-figures in all nine games so far this year.
Seahawks sophomore Jamyus Jones led all scorers with 18 points with four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while soph Terrance Minor added 10 points. Pensacola's Shawndarius Cowart scored 17 points with five assists and six rebounds to lead the Pirates' scoring with teammate Cheickna Sissoko putting together a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double performance.
The Seahawks finish their Pensacola Tournament run with a game Wednesday against No. 18 nationally-ranked Northwest Florida State College at 2 p.m.