After squandering a 13-point halftime lead, it took everything Iowa Lakes had to force overtime with visiting Southeastern on Monday.
Three starters, Deondre Parks, Diamontae McKinley and Colton Neff along with sub Justin Sloter had fouled out during regulation.
That left remaining starters Latrell Love and Tate Harmon along with the Laker bench to get the job done in the extra period.
Tied a 75-75 to with just over a minute to go in the extra frame, Love scored six points, Harmon scored three and Parker Bailey added a free throw as the Lakers pulled out an 85-80 victory.
The final 5 minutes of regulation is where the Lakers' struggles began.
After a free throw by Parks made the score 64-56 with 5:07 remaining, the Lakers only scored one free throw over the next 4 1/2 minutes.
Meanwhile Southeastern guards had been putting offensive pressure on the Laker defense throughout the second half, drawing hand-check fouls or getting to the rim for a layups. That kept several Lakers in foul trouble.
"I didn't like the way we played in the second half," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "We didn't guard hard and I thought we wasted a lot of offensive possessions."
Sloter had fouled out at the 5 minute mark with Neff not fouling out until 46 seconds left in the game. After Southeastern's Warren Jones hit two free throws, Parks was fouled on the other end and made two free throws to keep the deficit to one, 68-67 with 39 seconds remaining. Parks made the final field goal of regulation for the Lakers with 27 seconds remaining to kept the deficit at one, 70-69. The Lakers were forced to foul and the Southeastern guards started missing. But the Lakers struggled to come up with a rebound and one time when they did get the rebound, they turned over the ball and Parks fouled out.
Southeastern's Josh Ross finally made two free throws with 19.5 seconds remaining to put the visitors up 72-69.
The Lakers came down and set up their offense with Harmon attempting a 3-pointer from the corner. The defender ran into Harmon as he went to the foul line for three free throws.
Harmon calmly sank each one to tie the score at 72-72.
Southeastern still had time for a last shot. The Lakers knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.3 seconds. On the out-of-bounds play, Jones missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Southeastern scored first in the overtime, but Bailey answered with a drive to the basket.
Southeastern's Jordan Stevens went to the line twice over the next minute, but made just 1-of-4 free throws.
Emmanuel Golong then tied the game at 75-75 with 2:45 remaining.
A steal by the Lakers led to a fast break opportunity with Love finishing on the break. On the defensive end, he then rebounded a Southeaster miss and was fouled. He sank both to put the Lakers up four. After an exchange of steals, Southeaster missed again. This time Harmon was fouled with 23 seconds left as the Lakers led 80-75. Love came up with another defensive rebound and made both foul shots to put the Lakers up 82-75 with 14.2 seconds remaining.
After a layup by Jones, Harmon sank two more free throws with 8.2 seconds left. Jones then hit a 3-pointer to make the score 84-80 with 4 seconds remaining. Bailey scored the final point of the game with a free throw for the Lakers.
"We showed good winning sense," said Larson. "The guys believed they should win and defended harder in overtime. I'm also proud of our beach which played greatin in overtime.
Love finished with 27 points including 9-of-9 from the free throw line. The Lakers finished 32-of-37 from the charity stripe. Harmon and Parks each had 15 points while McKinley had 12, Golong had nine, Neff had four and Bailey had three.
Iowa Lakes improves to 4-2 overall. The Lakers are 1-0 in Region XI play. They host Minnesota West at 3 p.m. today.