Jan. 29, 2005
BEAUMONT - Senior Raymond Anthony tied his career-high with 31 points, leading Lamar University to a 78-62 win over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night in Southland Conference basketball action before a season-high crowd of 4,751 at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 12-6 overall and 4-3 in SLC play. UL-Monroe dropped to 6-12 overall and 0-7 in SLC play. The Cardinals put their two-game winning streak on the line Thursday with a 7:45 p.m. game at Northwestern State.
Trailing by 13 points, 17-30, following a layup by Daryl Mason at 10:16 of the first half, Lamar charged back with a 21-2 run that put the Cardinals in control of the game for good. Alan Daniels gave Lamar the lead for good, 33-32, on a three-pointer at 5:15.
The Cardinals took a 40-36 lead into the locker room at halftime. Over the final 10 minutes of the first half, Lamar outscored UL-Monroe 23-6.
Lamar opened the second half with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 11 points, 47-36, on a steal and dunk by Daniels at 17:51. The Indians answered with two straight baskets to cut the lead to seven, 47-40, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Anthony was 8-of-15 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in tying his career-high. He also scored 31 points against Huston-Tillotson (12/3/03). His eight 3-pointers were a career high and tied for the fifth most in a single-game in school history. His 15 3-point attempts tied for the fourth most in a single game.
Daniels was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Jason Grant and Nashid Beard each scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jeremy Long dished out a season-high nine assists.
Lamar shot 42.2 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded UL-Monroe 39 to 37, which gave Lamar a 20 to nine advantage in second chance points.
Cecil Hood led UL-Monroe with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Mason added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field before fouling out. DeAndre Alexander recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
UL-Monroe shot 39.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.