Lauderdale’s dunk sparks Stampede to OT victory

The Stampede split the two-game series against league’s top team.

clangrill@idahostatesman.comJanuary 5, 2014 

Trailing by two points with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Idaho guard Dee Bost stood on the sideline with the ball.

After surveying the court, Bost spotted 6-foot-8 forward Dallas Lauderdale breaking for the basket. Bost tossed a high, looping pass toward the rim. Lauderdale smoothly caught the pass and slammed it home.

After a play like that, there was no way Idaho would be denied in overtime.

“Coach (Mike Peck) said that was a great play, but let’s go ahead and finish this. It will be an even greater play if we end up with a win,” Lauderdale said.

Idaho beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 138-131 in front of 2,792 fans at CenturyLink Arena.

“We made eye contact before the play even started. Coach drew up a great play, and we knew the guards were going off strong on Pierre (Jackson) and CJ (McCollum), and I just went to the rim,” said Lauderdale, who had 14 points, 17 rebounds and six blocked shots.

“As the play went on, I read it and he just ran to the rim and made a great catch,” said Bost, who finished with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists.

It was a great play to cap off a thrilling game. By the fourth quarter, the two teams were trading plays up and down the court.

Rio Grande Valley (13-3), the NBA Development League’s top team, drained 3-point shot after 3-point shot and scored in waves.

And yet, the Stampede (10-6) weren’t going to be denied.

Bost was creating turnovers and dishing assists. Jackson (a game-high 39 points) was knifing in and out of traffic and finishing drives. Lauderdale was protecting the rim and swatting away shots.

And for the second time in two nights, McCollum was adding to the Stampede arsenal. The 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft had 24 points in 24 minutes of a rehab assignment (foot), but he’ll return to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

NOTE: Kevin Murphy scored seven points in his Stampede debut after being acquired Saturday. The 6-foot-6 guard out of Tennessee Tech was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by Utah. Idaho waived guard Reggie Hamilton to make room for Murphy.

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