Feb. 10, 2007
BEAUMONT - Junior Currye Todd scored a season-high 22 points and Lamar University used an 18-2 run to close out the first half to run past Texas State, 96-69, in Southland Conference men's basketball action Saturday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, who snapped its two-game losing streak, improved to 10-14 overall and 4-6 in SLC play. Texas State lost its fifth straight game and dropped to 8-16 overall and 3-8 in SLC play. Lamar hits the road for a 7 p.m. game Thursday at Central Arkansas.
Texas State came out firing to start the game. Brandon Bush's three-pointer at 13:37 gave the Bobcats at 14-9 lead. Lamar answered with a James Davis layup and a Todd 3-pointer to tie the game at 14-14. Following a pair of made free throws by Davis, Brent Holder's 3-pointer gave Texas State a 21-20 lead. Brandon Chappell countered with a 3-pointer that gave Lamar the lead for good at 23-21 with 9:24 remaining in the opening stanza.
Leading 32-18, Lamar went on a 17-0 run that was capped by a layup and a pair of free throws by Stephen Musa to put the Cardinals up 49-28. Bush ended the scoring drought for the Bobcats with a pair of free throws at 1:09 and Todd made one-of-two free throws to close out the first half scoring. The Cardinals outscored Texas State 18-2 over the final 6:09 of the first half to take a 50-30 halftime lead.
It was more of the same for Lamar in the second half as the Cardinals scored 46 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Lamar tallied a season-best 29 assists and tied its season-high with 15 steals in the game.
Todd, who was 2-of-12 from the field Thursday at Texas-Arlington, was 8-of-13, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, in scoring 22 points to lead all scorers. Darren Hopkins added 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and added five assists. Matthew Barrow came off the bench, like Todd, to score 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
turned in another great all-around game with nine points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Davis added eight points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
Lamar shot 54.5 percent (36-of-66) from the field, 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from 3-point range and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded Texas State 43 to 39 and forced 28 turnovers, which led to 38 points.
Holder came off the bench to lead Texas State with 16 points. Bush added 15 points and Chris Agwumaro chipped in 14 points and five rebounds. Dylan Mosely had 12 points and five rebounds.
Texas State shot 33.3 percent (22-of-66) from the field, 32.4 percent (12-of-37) from 3-point range and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the free throw line.