Feb. 12, 2005
ARLINGTON - Junior Alan Daniels scored 32 points as Lamar University used a 16-0 run early in the second to sprint past Texas-Arlington 85-66 Saturday afternoon at Texas Hall in Southland Conference men's basketball action.
Lamar improved to 15-7 overall and 7-4 in SLC play. The Cardinals remain in fourth place in the league standings as third place Northwestern State defeated UL-Monroe and second place Sam Houston State was idle. Lamar returns home to host Northwestern State Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Leading 35-34 at halftime, Lamar scored the first four points of the second half, which turned into a 10-2 run to put the Cardinals up 45-36.
After UTA's Jermaine Griffin made layup at 14:27 to make the score 48-41, Lamar went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game. Nashid Beard converted back-to-back dunks to cap the run and give Lamar a 23-point lead, 64-41. A Daniels three-pointer and a Beard jumper at 8:40 gave Lamar its biggest lead of the night at 68-43.
Daniels was 13-of-23 from the field, including 6-of-13 from 3-point range, in scoring his 32 points, which was two shy of his career high set in the season opener against Jarvis Christian. Raymond Anthony added 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.
Beard added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Thomas Fairley scored eight points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds off the bench. Josh Goodwin added six points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Jason Grant blocked four shots and grabbed eight rebounds, and shut down UTA's Steven Thomas, who entered the game as the SLC's leading scorer.
Trailing 22-15 in the first half, Lamar used an 11-0 run to grab the lead for good. Raymond Anthony started the run with a 3-pointer and Daniels followed with a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which at 7:50 gave Lamar the lead for good at 22-21. He capped the run with a dunk that put Lamar up 26-24 at 7:31.
Lamar shot 43.2 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals forced 23 UTA turnovers which led to 27 points.
Stephen Floyd tied his career high with 18 points to lead UTA. Jarrett Howell added 12 points and Rodrick Epps added 11. Griffin recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Thomas, who entered the game averaging 19.5 ppg, was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field. He did grab nine rebounds.
UTA shot 38.1 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks outrebounded Lamar 47 to 40, including grabbing 14 on the offensive glass.