|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.
SOFIA Lukoil Academic head coach Jovica Arsic:
"We showed better quality in second half, scored 10 points in a row, then the players of Tartu Rock got nervous and that was decisive today."
SOFIA Lukoil Academic player Travis Peterson:
"The key of victory was the progress of our performance during the match."
TARTU University Rock head coach Indrek Visnapuu:
"The Players of Lukoil have better stability then ours. Staying 10 points behind in the beginning of the second half decided the match. We played according to our game plan and I'm satisfied with our team but not with the result. The result shows the difference in quality of these teams."
TARTU University Rock player Silver Leppik:
"In the end of the match their players moved quickly and we got a little tired, a couple of minutes in the beginning of third quarter gave the opponents the lead that they didn't gave away."