Jan. 19, 2006
BEAUMONT - Senior Alan Daniels scored a game-high 27 points, becoming the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, helping Lamar rout Louisiana-Monroe 79-53 Thursday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, who has won four straight games, improved 11-7 overall and 4-1 in SLC play. The Cardinals remain in a two-way tie with McNeese State, who defeated Nicholls State 64-59, for first place in the league standings. Lamar is off Saturday before resuming its conference schedule Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. game at Nicholls State.
ULM dropped to 5-11 overall and 1-3 in SLC play. The Indians have lost two straight and six of their last seven games.
Lamar scored the game's first nine points and quickly built to a 19-7 lead following a Lawrence Nwevo layup at 10:01 of the opening stanza. With the outcome of the game never in doubt, the attention turned to whether Daniels would score the 22 points needed to reach 1,000.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Daniels nailed a three-pointer at the first half buzzer that game him 12 first half points and put the Cardinals up 42-16 at the break. He knocked down a pair of free throws to open the scoring in the second half.
A three-pointer at 17:25 gave him 17 points. After missing a pair of free throws at 14:07 and again at 8:58, Daniels finally knocked down a jumper at 8:27. A layup at 6:21 gave him 21 points and he knocked down a pair of free throws at 5:01, the first of which gave him 1,000 points.
Daniels was 8-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, and 8-of-16 from the free throw line in scoring his 27 points. He now has 1,005 career points in 47 games, which is a career average of 21.4 points per game, which would be the best career scoring average in school history.
The 6-6 forward became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 points, surpassing the 52 games it took Mike Olliver (1977-81), who is the school's all-time leading scorer at 2,518 points. Daniels is also the first two-year transfer to score 1,000 points in school history and is one of only three players in school history to score 1,000 points in their first two years, joining Olliver and B.B. Davis.
Sophomore Matthew Barrow
added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Junior Brandon Chappell
added 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and dished out seven assists.
Junior Blake Whittle came off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds. Senior Thomas Fairley grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and blocked a career-best six shots.
Lamar shot 41 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from 3-point range and 62.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded ULM 50 to 45.
RoShon Jacobs scored 14 points off the bench to lead ULM. Dalky Melendez added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Tony Hooper chipped in 10.
ULM shot 25.8 percent from the field, the lowest by a Lamar opponent this season, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.