by MARK CAUL
Lehman freshman guard De’Andre Carson looked like a first-year varsity player one minute and a seasoned veteran on the very next play.
Carson stole the ball from Elgin’s Cromartie Faulks and made a pair of crucial free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Lobos a 42-39 victory at the Lobo Den Tuesday night.
The game-changing steal came only seconds after Carson had missed a free throw that could have iced the game for Lehman (6-16, 2-3) with 30 seconds left.
“De’Andre came up with a huge play for us when we needed it,” Lehman head coach Thomas Acker said. “He did a good job of not getting down on himself after he missed that free throw.”
The Lobos surged out to an early 18-7 first quarter lead but struggled to find an offensive rhythm for the rest of the game as Elgin fought its way back and eventually forged ahead 39-38 on a bucket by Faulks with less than two minutes left in the game.
Jonathan Garrion led Lehman with 14 points, while Carson added 11.
Lehman travels to rival Hays, a 65-49 winner against Lockhart Tuesday, on Friday. Tipoff is 7 p.m.