Feb. 10, 2005
HUNTSVILLE - Junior Thomas Fairley recorded a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but it was not enough as Lamar University dropped a hard fought 86-84 decision Thursday night at Sam Houston State in Southland Conference action at Johnson Coliseum.
Lamar dropped to 14-7 overall and 6-4 in SLC play. The Cardinals had their four-game winning streak snap and slipped to fourth place in the league standings.
Sam Houston improved to 15-6 overall and 7-2 in SLC play. The Bearkats remained in second place in the league standings behind conference leader Southeastern Louisiana (9-1).
Junior Alan Daniels gave the Cardinals the lead, 84-83, with a three-pointer with 57 seconds left in the game. Joe Thompson hit a layup with 46 seconds remaining to put the Bearkats up 85-84. Daniels missed a 12-footer and Lamar put Kelvin Williams on the free throw line. He missed both free throws to give Lamar another chance.
Jeremy Long drove the length of the floor and missed a layup. Ryan Bright made one of two free throws to put SHSU up 86-84 with 14 seconds left. Teddy Davis tried a three-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds on the clock, but Bright blocked the attempt to seal the win.
A layup by Raymond Anthony put Lamar up 64-61 at the 7:32 mark. SHSU responded with a 13-4 run to take a 74-68 lead on a pair of Thompson free throws. Fairley answered with a jumper and Anthony nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to one, 74-73. Thompson and Chris Jordan hit back-to-back jumpers to push the lead back to five points, 78-73.
Fairley was 8-of-11 from the field in scoring his 18 points and his 18 rebounds was a career high. It was also his fourth double-double of the season. Anthony added 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. Daniels chipped in 16 points and Long added 15 and four assists.
Lamar shot 42.9 percent from the field, but just 36.1 percent in the second half. After shooting 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from the free throw line in the opening stanza, the Cardinals made 17-of-18 in the second half to finish at 69.4 percent for the game.
Thompson led SHSU with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan added 20 points and five assists and Bright came off the bench to score 13 points and grab seven rebounds.
SHSU shot 40.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 48.8 (21-of-43) from the free throw line. The Bearkats outrebounded Lamar 49 to 46, including 29 to 18 in the second half, which led to a 17 to eight advantage in second chance points.