Jan. 5, 2005
HAMMOND, La. - Junior Thomas Fairley led three players in double-figures with 12 points, but Lamar was held to a season-low point total in dropping its Southland Conference opener, 60-56, at defending tri-league champion Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at the University Center.
Lamar, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in SLC play. SLU improved to 9-5 and 1-0. The Cardinals return home Saturday for a 7 p.m. against Texas State.
Trailing 32-27 at halftime, Lamar hung tough in the second half, cutting SLU's lead to two, 40-38, on a three-pointer by Alan Daniels with 12:06 left in the game.
The Lions Jonathan Patton answered Daniels' three and fed a driving Nate Lofton for a dunk to push the lead back to seven, 45-38, with 11:10 remaining.
After SLU extended its lead to a game-high 10 points, 52-42, on a Neill Berry three and a dunk by Patton, the Cardinals made another run at the Lions. Daniels' three with 13 second left cut the lead to two, 58-56. Terry Bryant converted a pair of free throws to stave off Lamar.
Fairley was 6-of-13 from the field in scoring his 12 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Raymond Anthony added 11 points and six rebounds. Daniels, who entered the game as the SLC's leading scorer at 19.5 ppg, was held to 10 points, all coming in the second half, on 3-of-9 shooting from the field.
Lamar shot 37.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Lions 34 to 33, but committed 19 turnovers which led to 19 SLU points.
Patton led SLU with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Lofton and Bryant each scored 12 points and Ricky Woods chipped in 11.
SLU shot 43.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 44.4 percent from the free throw line. The Lions made just 12-of-27 attempts from the charity stripe, including just 6-of-18 in the first half.