Feb. 24, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Thomas Fairley and Raymond Anthony each scored 19 points to lead Lamar University to a come-from-behind 88-83 win over Texas-San Antonio Wednesday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Convocation Center.
Lamar improved to 16-9 overall and 8-6 in SLC play. UTSA dropped to 12-12 and 7-6. The Cardinals moved a one-half game ahead of the Roadrunners for fourth place in the SLC standings. Lamar returns home for the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m. when Sam Houston State visits the Montagne Center.
This was the Cardinals first win over UTSA in San Antonio since the 1985-86 season and the first series sweep of the Roadrunners since returning to the SLC. Lamar also won the earlier meeting in Beaumont, 85-68.
UTSA's Justin Harbert hit a three-pointer to open the second half and push the Roadrunners lead to a game-high 15 points, 52-37. Lamar responded with a 21-6 run to tie the game at 58-58 on a Nashid Beard jumper at 13-12.
Lamar took a 37-35 lead on a basket by Raymond Anthony at the 7:12 mark of the first half. However, that was the Cardinals final points of the opening half. UTSA went on a 14-0 run to close the half with a 49-37 lead. Lamar missed its final 11 shots on the opening stanza.
Trailing 19-29, Lamar went on an 18-6 run to take the lead on Anthony's layup. Alan Daniels nailed a pair of three-pointers and Blake Whittle added a trey for the Cardinals.
Lamar shot 40 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and was 0-of-3 at the free throw line in the first half. UTSA shot 48.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the free throw line.
In addition to his 19 points, Fairley grabbed 15 rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season. He was 8-of-15 from the free throw line. Anthony was 6-of-20 from the field and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. Daniels added 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, including 2-of-9 from 3-point range.
For the game, Lamar shot 43.4 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 51.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals committed just 12 turnovers, just two in the second half. Lamar also forced 18 UTSA turnovers which led to 25 points for the Cardinals.
Andre Owens, Justin Harbert and John Millsap each scored 17 points to lead UTSA. Rapheal Posey added 11. Millsap also grabbed 15 rebounds to record a double-double.
UTSA shot 41.5 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from 3-point range and 45 percent from the free throw line. The Roadrunners outrebounded Lamar 61 to 45, including 26 on the offensive glass that led to a 22 to 14 advantage in second chance points.