Feb. 26, 2005
BEAUMONT - Junior Thomas Fairley recorded his fifth double-double of the season, but it was not enough as Lamar University lost, 88-70, to Sam Houston State in Southland Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, playing before a season-high crowd of 6,164, dropped to 16-10 overall and 8-7 in SLC play. Sam Houston improved to 17-9 overall and 11-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals close out the regular season with a 7 p.m. game Wednesday at UL-Monroe.
Sam Houston used a 7-2 run to close the first half and take a 41-38 lead into the locker room at halftime. A conventional three point play by Chris Jordan gave the Bearkats a 37-36 lead with 1:44 left in the half. Ryan Bright nailed a pair of free throws and Eddy Fobbs hit a jumper for SHSU. Fairley hit a turnaround 15-footer from the base line as time expired in the opening stanza, which featured six times and eight lead changes.
The Bearkats scored the first seven points of the second half to push its lead to 10 points, 48-38. Joe Thompson and Jordan each hit layups and Shamir McDaniel capped the run with a three-point play.
After Lamar's Raymond Anthony hit a pair of free throws, SHSU went on a 12-1 run to push the lead to 19 points, 60-41, on a Jordan layup at 12:30. The Bearkats outscored Lamar 19-3 over the first 7:30 of the second half to take control of the game.
Lamar showed some fight, scoring eight straight points to trim the lead to 11 points, 62-51. Blake Whittle recorded a three-point play, Anthony nailed a 3-pointer and Whittle hit a layup to cap the rally.
However, Thompson answered with two straight 3-pointers to push the Bearkats lead back to 17 points, 68-51, with 8:09 left in the game. The closest Lamar would get the rest of the way is 12 points, 71-59, following a pair of Anthony free throws.
After shooting 45.5 percent in the first half, Lamar shot just 25.8 percent in the second half and finished the game at 35.9 percent, which is a season-low. The Cardinals also shot a season-low 5.3 percent from 3-point range, hitting just one-of-19 attempts. Lamar shot 63.9 percent from the free throw line.
Fairley scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Cardinals. Whittle set season highs with 14 points and six rebounds. Nashid Beard also scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Anthony, a senior playing his final regular season home game, added 12 points, but was just 2-of-9 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, and 7-of-10 at the free throw line.
Junior Alan Daniels, who entered the game as the SLC's leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, was held to eight points on 3-of-16 shooting from the field, including 0-of-9 from 3-point range. It was just the fourth time this season he has failed to score in double-figures.
Thompson led SHSU with 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range. Wilder Auguste and Jordan each added 19 points. Auguste also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Bright came off the bench to score 11 points. Fobbs scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
SHSU shot 49.2 percent from the field for the game, including 58.1 percent in the second half, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bearkats outrebounded Lamar 44 to 39 and outscored the Cardinals 38 to 28 in points in the paint.