Jan. 26, 2005
BEAUMONT - Junior Alan Daniels recorded his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading Lamar University to a 92-74 win over Nicholls State in Southland Conference men's basketball action Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-6 overall and 3-3 in SLC play. Nicholls dropped to 6-12 and 1-6 in SLC play. The Cardinals remain home for Saturday's 7 p.m. game against Louisiana-Monroe.
Nicholls led by two at halftime, 45-43, and quickly pushed the lead to nine, 52-43, on a three-pointer by Willie Depron and layups by Shawn King and Dominique Geason. Lamar responded with a quick 9-0 run of its own to tie the game at 52-52 on a free throw by Nashid Beard at 15:34.
Depron tied the game at 59-59 with a three-pointer from the top of the key at 13:46. Raymond Anthony answered with a three-pointer to put Lamar up for good at 62-59 with 12:47 remaining in the game. That started a 10-2 run that pushed the lead to eight, 69-61.
Lamar used another 10-2 run to push its lead from 69-65 to 79-67 on a pull-up jumper by Anthony with 4:12 left. The Cardinals scored the final nine points of the game to stretch the lead to a game-high 18 points.
The Cardinals looked to be in control of the game early in the first half. Trailing 9-4, Lamar went on a 15-1 run to take a nine-point lead, 19-10, on a layup by Jeremy Long. A Brandon Chappell three-pointer put Lamar up 11, 26-15, at 10:43 of the opening stanza.
Nicholls went on an 18-8 run over the next five minutes to trim Lamar's lead to one, 34-33, on a Depron jumper at 6:44. A Lelan Smith 3-pointer tied the game at 38-38 and Cyril Djoukeng hit a layup and a three-pointer to give the Colonels a five-point lead, 43-38. Stefan Blaszczynski broke a 43-43 tie and gave the Colonels a two-point cushion going into the locker room at halftime.
Daniels was 6-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in scoring his 19 points. Jason Grant
scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
Anthony added 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range. Long and Teddy Davis each added 10 points as the Cardinals placed five players in double-figures. Davis also pulled down seven rebounds and handed out four assists.
Lamar shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 50 percent in the second half, 40 percent from 3-point range and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded Nicholls 52 to 42 and forced 21 turnovers which led to 33 points. Lamar also outscored the Colonels 27 to 11 in bench points.
Depron scored a game-high 21 points to lead Nicholls. He was 8-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, and grabbed six rebounds. He had four assists and two steals. Jason Wilkins added 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-12 from 3-point range. Blaszczynski chipped in 14 points.
Nicholls shot 33.3 percent from the field, including 22.2 percent in the second half, 27.8 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Colonels went 10-of-36 from 3-point range, which tied the Montagne Center record for attempts by an opponent.