Feb. 3, 2005
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Senior Raymond Anthony led five players in double-figures with 25 points, leading Lamar University to an 89-84 win at Northwestern State in Southland Conference men's basketball action Thursday night at Prather Coliseum.
Lamar improved to 13-6 overall and 5-3 in SLC play. Northwestern State dropped to 11-11 overall and 5-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals return to the Montagne Center Saturday for a 7 p.m. against Texas-San Antonio.
Trailing 37-42 following a three-pointer by Jermaine Wallace, Lamar went on a 12-0 run to take a 49-42 lead. Alan Daniels hit a pair of three points and a layup and Thomas Fairley added a couple of baskets to fuel the run.
Another Wallace three-pointer cut Lamar's lead to five, 64-59, with 10:12 remaining in the game, but the Cardinals responded a quick 8-2 run to push the lead to 11 points, 72-61, on a Josh Goodwin dunk. A layup by Daniels at the 7:34 mark gave the Cardinals their biggest lead of the game at 13 points, 76-63.
Northwestern State fought back, using a 14-1 run to tie the game at 77-77 on a Wallace 3-pointer at 2:49. Daniels stopped the run with a fast break layup and Anthony hit a pair of free throws to give Lamar an 81-77 lead with 2:05 left.
Jermaine Spencer's tip-in with 11 seconds left in the game cut the lead to one, 85-84. Anthony iced the game with a pair of free throws and capped the scoring with a layup as time expired.
Lamar, who snapped a 12-game SLC road losing streak, shot a blistering 73.1 percent from the field in the second half, connecting on 19-of-26 attempts. For the game, the Cardinals shot a season-best 61.1 percent. Lamar also shot 50 percent from 3-point range, hitting 6-of-8 in the second half, and shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line in the closing stanza.
Anthony was 8-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and 6-of-9 from the free throw line in scoring his 25 points. He also tied his career-high with eight assists and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
Daniels added 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Fairley had 15 points and seven rebounds. Jeremy Long scored a career-high 12 points and Goodwin added 11 and six rebounds.
Wallace led Northwestern State with 25 points. Clifton Lee added 11 points and Byron Allen chipped in 10.
NWLA, who has lost three straight games, shot 44.4 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 58.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Demons 37 to 32.