Feb. 16, 2005
BEAUMONT - Junior Alan Daniels scored a game-high 25 points but it was not enough as Lamar University dropped a home game to Northwestern State, 90-83, in Southland Conference action Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar dropped to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the SLC. The Cardinals, who play at Texas State on Saturday, remain in fourth place in the league standings. Northwestern State improved to 15-11 overall and 9-3 in SLC play. The Demons are still in third place in the conference standings.
Raymond Anthony's three-pointer at 5:14 tied the game at 76-76. Kerwin Forges answered with a layup 15 seconds later to put NWLA up two. After Josh Goodwin turnover, Jermaine Wallace nailed a three-pointer to put the Demons up 81-76 with 4:26 remaining.
Jeremy Long's free throw at 3:42 pulled Lamar within three, 79-82. Clifton Lee converted a putback layup and Tyronn Mitchell added a pair of free throws to built NWLA's lead back to seven points, 86-79, with 2:50 remaining in the game. The Demons made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 2:15 to seal the win.
NWLA scored the game's first nine points before Long's conventional three point play put the Cardinals on the board at 16:31. An 8-2 run gave the Demons its biggest lead of the half at 34-20 on a Wallace jumper at 7:02. Lamar shot just 29 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 45-34 at halftime.
Daniels was 8-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-10 from three-point range, and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in scoring his 25 points, which equaled his total in the previous meeting with NWLA. Daniels also had six rebounds and three assists.
Anthony added 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and dished out seven assists. Goodwin added 12 points, on 4-of-5 five shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. Thomas Fairley pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Lamar shot 50 percent from the field in the second half to finish the game at 40 percent. The Cardinals shot 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals were outrebounded 49 to 40, but still managed a 20 to 16 edge in second chance points.
Wallace led NWLA with 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Lee recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Byron Allen also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Forges chipped in 13 points off the bench. Mitchell added 10 points and five assists.
NWLA, who won at Lamar for the first time since the 1973-74 season, shot 43.3 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from 3-point range and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Demons had a 44 to 26 advantage in points in the paint.