T-Duck basketball squad hot at the right time, crushes Lamar State College at home

With two games left in the regular season and Richland College jockeying for a higher seed in the Metro-Athletic Conference tournament, the T-Ducks got a much-needed 83-60 victory over Lamar State College at home on Saturday.

The win was the third in a row for Richland, which went into the game tied with Lamar in the conference standings.

“This was a big win. Every game is big – especially in the second half of conference play,” T-Duck coach Jon Felmet said. “Some things are going to shake up and we are playing well. Hopefully, winning three games in a row solidifies that.”

Richland (15-12, 5-5), which received great guard play from Jeff Steinbaugh and Antwan Mullins, finished the game with 13 3-pointers and, after a 35-35 tie at halftime, controlled the second half with hot shooting and stellar defense.

The T-Ducks opened the second half on a 12-1 run, which included two Steinbaugh 3-pointers. At one point during the spurt, Richland forced five straight turnovers.

Steinbaugh finished the game making five 3-pointers and scoring 17 points, along with 10 assists. When Steinbaugh wasn’t putting on an outside shooting clinic or dropping dimes to his teamates, Mullins was.

Mullins, who made four 3-pointers in the second half and also five for the game, finished with 21 points and seven assists.

“Jeff and Antwan helped us a lot. They did a great job of running things,” Felmet said. “We are fortunate to have two point guards on the floor at the same time.”

Also scoring in double figures for the T-Ducks was Tony Bishop, who had 19 points and six rebounds.

Richland, which travels to play Eastfield at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, concludes its regular season before the conference tournament begins at home against Brookhaven College on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.