March 2, 2005
MONROE, La. - An 18-0 second-half run and a 23-point effort from junior Alan Daniels pushed the Lamar men's basketball team past Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night, as the Cardinals ended the regular season with a 79-72 Southland Conference win over the Indians at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Lamar upped its overall record to 17-10 on the year, while also improving to 9-7 in SLC play. ULM fell to 7-19 on the year with a 1-14 league record. The Cardinals will now await the outcome of this weekend's SLC games to find out where they will play in the first round of next week's league tournament, which is slated to begin on Tuesday, Mar. 8.
After opening the second half with a seven-point deficit (32-25), Lamar saw the Indians use an 11-2 run to stretch their lead to 16 points, 43-27, with 17:15 left to play. A pair of Nashid Beard free throws capped a 13-4 run for Lamar, which pulled the Cardinals to within seven (47-40) at the 11:32 mark.
ULM responded by ripping off five straight points to push its lead back to 12 points (52-40) with 10:48 remaining, but the Indians didn't score again until Adrian Harper's fast break jumper at the 5:57 mark. During the Indians' almost 10-minute scoreless span, Lamar put together an enormous 18-0 run to take its first lead (58-52) since an 18-17 advantage with 6:14 left in the first half. The Cardinals, who never trailed for the remainder of the contest, used six consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to ice the victory.
LU senior Raymond Anthony and Daniels combined for 22 points in the final 7:20 of the game to help fuel the Cardinals' run and keep Lamar in position to potentially host a conference tournament game. LU also took advantage of nine ULM turnovers in the second half by scoring 19 points off the miscues en route to a 54-point period.
The first half saw the two teams trade the lead 12 times before ULM took command with 5:55 left in the opening frame on a dunk by Daryl Mason. The Indians stretched their lead to nine points (32-23) on a three-pointer by RoShon Jacobs, before LU's Josh Goodwin
hit a jumper at the six-second mark to cut the ULM lead to seven at the intermission.
Lamar struggled from the field Wednesday night, shooting a season-low 33.9% from the field on 21-of-62 attempts. The Cardinals' free throw shooting played a large part in keeping them in game, however, as three players shot at least seven free throws and the team finished 31-of-35 (88.6%) on the night.
Daniels earned his fourth double-double of the year with 23 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, while Goodwin notched his fifth double-double after recording 11 points and 10 boards. Anthony finished with 17 points in 40 minutes of action, while making all 11 of his free throw attempts.
LU's Jeremy Long added 10 points and two rebounds, while Beard finished with 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 25 seconds left in the second half.
The Indians were led by DeAndre Alexander who scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Jacobs and Gary Robinson each added 15 points apiece for ULM.
Louisiana-Monroe shot identical 40.0% clips from the floor in both halves, including a 39.1% mark from beyond the arc. The Indians knocked down 9-of-23 from long range, but managed only 9-of-19 (47.4%) from the charity stripe.