Jan. 12, 2005
BEAUMONT - Junior Alan Daniels scored a game-high 30 points to lead Lamar University to an 87-81 win over McNeese State Wednesday night in Southland Conference action before a season-high crowd of 4,659 at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in SLC play. McNeese dropped to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in SLC play. The Cardinals are off this weekend before returning to the hardwood Wednesday when Southeastern Louisiana visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game. The Lions won the earlier meeting 60-56 on Jan. 5.
It was a classic tilt between two long-time rivals. The lead changed hands 13 times and was tied 11 more. Neither team led by more than five points until the final 10 seconds of the game when the Cardinals converted at the free throw line.
The game literally went back-and-forth for much of the second half. A three-pointer by Edward Garriet and a bucket by J.T. Williams put McNeese up three, 71-68, with 5:12 left in the game. Josh Goodwin's jumper in the lane with 3:04 remaining put Lamar up for good at 74-73. Daniels followed with a jumper to push the lead to 77-73.
A pair of Bryce May free throws cut the lead to one, 77-76, at 1:39. Lamar went 10-of-12 from the free throw line over the final 1:21 to seal the win. Daniels went 5-of-6 and Raymond Anthony was 3-of-4.
Daniels, who was 10-of-13 from the field, topped the 30-point mark for the third time this season. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Davis added a season-high 19 points, including making 11-of-12 free throw attempts.
Nashid Beard was 7-of-10 from the field in scoring a career-high 16 points. Anthony added nine points, six assists and three steals.
Lamar shot 55.1 percent from the field, 16.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Cowboys 37 to 31, outscored them 27 to 18 in bench points and 22 to 10 in points off turnovers.
Edward Garriet, who prepped at Beaumont-Central HS, led McNeese with 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field, including 5-of-15 from 3-point range. Williams added 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. John Ford added nine points and dished out a game-high 11 assists.
McNeese shot 45.5 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from 3-point range and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cowboys forced 20 turnovers, but turned it over 19 times themselves.