Lamar Drops Hard-Fought Game at Stephen F. Austin, 70-60

GO CARDINALS Alan Daniels scored a team-high 16 points in Saturday's loss at SFA.
Alan Daniels scored a team-high 16 points in Saturday's loss at SFA.

Jan. 22, 2005

Box Score

NACOGDOCHES - Junior Alan Daniels scored 16 points to lead the Cardinals, but Lamar's comeback bid came up short as Stephen F. Austin held on for a 70-60 win Saturday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Lamar dropped to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in SLC play. SFA improved to 9-7 and 3-2 in SLC play. The Cardinals return home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against Nicholls State.

Leading by 13 at halftime, SFA scored the first two baskets of the second half to extend its lead to 17 points, 46-29. The Lumberjacks led by as many as 17 on two other occasions, the last of which was 50-33 on a jumper by Josh Porter with 15:21 left in the game.

After Justin Thomas' jumper in the lane at 9:51 put SFA up 59-43, Lamar mounted its comeback. A Jason Grant putback started a 10-3 run that trimmed the lead to nine points, 62-53, with 5:32 remaining.

A jumper by Jeremy Long cut the lead to six points, 64-58, at 2:45. SFA's Marcus Clark and Lamar's Raymond Anthony exchanged a pair of free throws to keep the deficit at six points, 66-60. SFA sealed the win with a Rivers layup and a pair of free throws by Anthony Paez with 18 seconds left.

A Grant free throw gave Lamar it's first and only lead of the game at 1-0. SFA scored the next six points and quickly built to a 10-point lead, 18-8. SFA shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and Clark's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Lumberjacks a 42-29 halftime lead.

Daniels was Lamar's only double-figurer scorer with 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field, including 1-of-7 from three-point range. Anthony and Mile Levy each scored nine points. Grant led the team with nine rebounds, and had four points and two blocked shots.

Lamar shot 39.6 percent from the field, 13.3 percent (2-of-15) from 3-point range and 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the free throw line. The Cardinals made 11-of-30 field goal attempts, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, in the second half.



Clark scored a game-high 26 points, 21 coming in the first half, to led SFA. He was 8-of-15 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Paez added 12 points and Josh Porter had 11, but was just 3-of-13 from the field and 1-of-8 from 3-point range. Taylor Moore led SFA with nine rebounds.

SFA shot 43.6 percent from the field, 15.4 percent from 3-point range and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Lamar 42 to 32, including grabbing 14 on the offensive glass.

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