Feb. 5, 2005
BEAUMONT - Jeremy Long scored a season-high 19 points, leading Lamar University to an 85-68 win over Texas-San Antonio Saturday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, who extended its winning streak to four games, is 14-6 overall and 6-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals remain in a tie for third place in the league standings with Northwestern State, who won 92-73 at McNeese State. The win snapped the Cardinals six-game losing streak to UTSA. The Cardinals hit the road for a pair of SLC games starting with Thursday's 7:30 p.m. game at Sam Houston State.
Jason Grant's jumper at 16:59 gave Lamar an 8-6 lead. The Cardinals would never trail the rest of the night. Leading 11-9, Lamar went on an 11-2 run to push its lead to 22-12 on Long's three-pointer. Long had a pair of free throws and a layup during the run. Nashid Beard scored the other two baskets.
The Cardinals took a 43-30 lead into the locker room at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half to push their lead to 47-30. A pair of John Millsap free throws made the score 47-32 with 16:59 remaining in the second half.
Beard answered with a jumper that started an 11-0 run to pushed the lead to a game-high 26 points, 58-32. The final margin of 17 is as close as the Roadrunners would get the rest of the way.
Long was 5-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in scoring his season-high of 19 points. He also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Beard recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, which was a season-high.
Alan Daniels added 15 points and six rebounds. Anthony chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Thomas Fairley had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Lamar shot 42 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded UTSA 50 to 40, including grabbing 17 on the offensive glass which led to an 18 to 12 advantage in second chance points.
Justin Harbert led UTSA with 19 points off the bench on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Ray Selvage added 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Andre Owens chipped in 10 points.
UTSA shot 36.1 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from 3-point range and 58.6 percent from the free throw line. Lamar also forced 22 Roadrunner turnovers, which led to 23 points.