Jan. 8, 2005
BEAUMONT - Senior Raymond Anthony led four Cardinals in double-figures with 18 points as Lamar staved off Texas State, 78-73, Saturday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in SLC play. Texas State dropped to 6-7 and 0-2. The Cardinals remain at home for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday against long-time rival McNeese State.
With the game tied at 60-60, Teddy Davis nailed a three-pointer in from the left corner to put the Cardinals up for good at 63-60 with 7:32 remaining in the game. Lamar made 7-of-8 free throws over the final 3:53 to seal the win. Nashid Beard went 5-of-6 and Davis was 2-of-2.
Lamar led 38-33 at halftime and quickly built its lead to eight points, 47-39, on a pair of Alan Daniels free throws at 16:30. Texas State mounted a comeback with Josh Naylor and Zach Allison hitting back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to two, 47-45.
A jumper by Lance Burroughs tied the game at 52-52 with 12:32 left. Daniels hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Cardinals up 55-52. Consecutive layups by Anthony Dill, Allison and Andre Oupoh gave the Bobcats their first lead of the half at 58-57 with 9:02 remaining.
Lamar took control of the game midway through the first half. After Rory Green's layup cut Lamar's lead to 17-15, the Cardinals scored eight straight points capped by a Beard dunk to push the lead to 10, 25-15, with 8:46 left in the opening stanza.
A conventional three-point play by Blake Whittle gave Lamar its biggest lead of the game, 35-24, at 4:21. A pair of Davis free throws kept the lead at 11, 35-24, with 3:46 left in the half. Texas State outscored Lamar 9-3 to close out the half down by five, 38-33.
Anthony made his first four three-point attempts and finished the game shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. He also dished out six assists and had four steals. Davis added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.
Daniels chipped in 13 on 4-of-11 shooting and Beard had 12 points, including making 8-of-9 free throws. Josh Goodwin grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.
Lamar shot 39.1 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from 3-point range and 76.0 percent from the free throw line.
Green scored 18 points off the bench to lead Texas State. Dill recorded his third straight double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Oupoh added 13 points and Naylor scored 10, but was just 2-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-13 from 3-point range.
Texas State shot 34.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 60.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats outrebounded Lamar 51 to 39, including grabbing 26 on the offensive glass. Texas State outscored Lamar 42 to 25 in bench points.