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Lane beat Clark at home on Feb. 11 after overcoming a 17-point deficit. The game was played on a Monday night after being postponed due to weather conditions. After a shaky start, the Titans pulled together for a strong finish to end the game 76-64.

The key to this game was making the correct adjustments. Lane started with little traction in the first half and allowed Clark 40 points by halftime. As a team, Lane was making only 31 percent of their field goal attempts.

Fired-up head coach Joe White was able to make efficient adjustments in the second half, putting Clark on their heels.

Showing up in a big way for his team, Guard Lezjon Bonds made 19 points in the second half. Combined with starting forward Cody Mathis’ nine rebounds, the Titans found a winning recipe.

Lezjon Bonds leaps over Clark point guard Sam Scarpelli during the second half of their matchup on Feb. 11. Bonds was the lynchpin of the Titans’ comeback victory over the Penguins, scoring 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. (Marek Belka // The Torch)

Not having a lead for more than 30 minutes of the game, Lane pulled ahead with six and a half minutes left to play. Taking the lead by one point, the defense closed the game strong, not allowing a single point for the last five minutes in the game.

“It was a decision that our guys made, to go out and get what was ours,” Head Coach Joe White said. White gives all the credit to his players and their skill. “The challenging part is what makes it so fun.”

The Titans’ conference record advanced to 9-2, leaving them in second place in the Southern Standings. The team was in the final stretch with five games to play in the regular season. Of all 34 teams in the NWAC, Lane holds the second best record at 20-3.