Jan. 19, 2005
BEAUMONT - Junior Alan Daniels led three players in double-figures for Lamar, but it was not enough as Southeastern Louisiana used a 20-4 second half run to claim a 66-60 win over the Cardinals Wednesday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, who had its two-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in SLC play. SLU improved to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in SLC play. The Cardinals hit the road for a 6:35 p.m. game Saturday at Stephen F. Austin in a game that will be televised locally on KFDM-TV (Ch. 6).
The Cardinals took a 30-29 lead into the locker room at halftime and quickly extended their lead to eight points to start the second half in a three-pointer by Mike Levy, a dunk by Nashid Beard and a jumper by Levy. That put Lamar up 37-29 at 17:56 of the second half.
After SLU's Nate Lofton hit a pair of free throws and Ricky Woods converted a layup, Daniels nailed a three-pointer that put Lamar up seven, 40-33, with 15:54 remaining. That was the Cardinals last made field goal until Daniels broke the drought with a three-pointer at 5:29. Lamar's only points during that run were a pair of free throws by Daniels, three free throws by Teddy Davis and one free throw by Beard.
Trailing 35-42, SLU scored nine straight points to take a two-point lead, 44-42, on a layup by Jonathan Walker. After Beard's and Davis' free throws tied the game, Walker put the Lions up for good with a jumper at 12:26. Walker capped the run with a pair of free throws at 7:40 that put the Lions 55-46.
Daniels tried to his best to keep the Cardinals close, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to cut SLU's lead to three, 57-54, with 5:03 left in the game. A Daniels layup and a tip-in dunk by Jason Grant trimmed the lead to two, 60-58, at 2:55.
After Woods hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to 62-58, Levy hit a jumper in the lane to make the score 62-60 with 1:52 on the clock. Woods converted a layup and Lamar turned the ball over twice in the final minute to enable the Lions escape with the win.
Daniels was 5-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line in scoring his game-high 20 points. Levy, making his first start of the season, added 13 points and Beard chipped in 10. Grant came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds and block two shots.
Lamar shot 43.2 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals turned the ball over 18 times, which led to 13 SLU points.
Woods recorded a double-double for SLU with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Walker came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Terry Bryant added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Lofton scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists.
SLU shot 42.3 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Lions outrebounded Lamar 35 to 30, including grabbing 13 on the offensive glass.