Jan. 28, 2006
BEAUMONT - Lamar set season-lows for field goal, three-point and free throw percentages in losing 72-54 at home to Stephen F. Austin Saturday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar dropped to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in SLC play. The Cardinals dropped into a tie with Sam Houston State, who defeated Texas-Arlington 91-81. Northwestern State posted an 89-71 win over Texas State to remain in first place with a 6-1 league mark. SFA improved to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in SLC play.
The Cardinals opened the game by making their first six shots from the field and led 14-9 on an Alan Daniels three-pointer at 16:38. Things went south for the Lamar offense after that. SFA went on a 10-0 run to take a 19-14 lead on a layup by Josh Alexander at 14:09. The Lumberjacks would lead the rest of the game.
A Blake Whittle three-pointer at 6:18 pulled the Cardinals within three, 26-23. SFA closed the half on an 8-2 run to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. Matt Kingsley scored the final four points of the first half for the Lumberjacks, the last coming with 30 second remaining.
SFA scored the first five points of the second half on an Anthony Paez jumper and a three-pointer by Alexander to push its lead to 14 points, 39-25. Matthew Barrow stopped the run with a jumper at 18:22 to make the score 39-27, but that's as close and the Cardinals would get the rest of the way. SFA's Antuane Miller nailed a pair of jumpers to push the lead to 16, 43-27. A tip-in by Paez capped a 6-0 to extend the Lumberjacks lead to 22 points, 52-30, with 14:58 remaining in the game.
Lamar trimmed the lead to 18 points, 54-36, on a Whittle three-pointer at 12:55. A Barrow layup at 9:26 cut SFA's lead to 19, 61-42, with 9:26 remaining. The Lumberjacks responded with a 9-0 run to push their lead to 28 points, 70-42. After Daniels made one-of-two free throws, Marcus Clark hit a layup at 3:37 to give SFA its largest lead of the game at 72-43.
Daniels led Lamar with 13 points and nine rebounds, but was just 4-of-16 from the field, 1-of-8 from 3-point range and 4-of-9 from the free throw line. He also had five assists and two steals. Senior Thomas Fairley
and sophomore Matthew Barrow
each added 11 points. Fairley tied his career-high with six blocked shots. Whittle added 10 points off the bench.
Lamar shot a season-low 31.8 percent from the field, 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from 3-point range and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from the free throw line.
Alexander led SFA with a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Miller added 17 points and eight rebounds. Paez also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and dished out six assists. Clark chipped in 11 points and six assists.
SFA shot 44.8 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Lamar 51 to 44, which led to a 20 to eight advantage in second chance points. SFA also outscored the Cardinals 42 to 26 in points in the paint.