Academic Come Through At The End

Todor Stoykov (Lukoil Academic)
Todor Stoykov had 15 points for Lukoil Academic in the road win

Lukoil Academic pulled clear in the final five minutes to earn an 80-72 win over Tartu Rock on the road in EuroChallenge Group C.

Tartu had cut the gap to two points, 66-64, with a little over five minutes left, but Academic found an extra gear to improve to 2-0.

And they did most of the damage from the free-throw line as five of their seven points in a 7-2 run came from the stripe, Dominic James doing the rest with a driving lay-up.

When James slammed home a dunk with 1:31 remaining, the gap had grown to 77-66, and Tartu's hopes were over.

Travis Peterson led Academic with 17 points and seven rebounds, while James finished with 16 points.

Todor Stoykov also scored in double figures with 15 while Brandon Heath had 11 and seven rebounds.

Tartu wasted 26 points and seven rebounds from Janar Talts, who made nine of his 12 shots from the paint.

Silver Leppik added 14 and George Tsintsadze - who had the final say with a late three - had 11.


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