March 3, 2010
The Lamar men's basketball team was unable to keep pace with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the second half, falling 79-55 at the Montagne Center Wednesday.
But despite dropping their sixth-straight game, the Cardinals are still alive for the final remaining spot in next week's State Farm Southland Conference Tournament. If Lamar can defeat Nicholls in Thibodaux, La., and Southeastern Louisiana can beat Northwestern State in Hammond, La., the Cardinals would be the No. 8 seed based on the league's tiebreaking procedures.
Of the four scenarios that could play out if Lamar wins, three would have Big Red advancing to the tournament. If it wins and is involved in a two-way tie with Nicholls, a three-way tie with Nicholls and McNeese State or a four-way tie with Nicholls, McNeese State and Northwestern State. The Cardinals would lose the tiebreaker if they are knotted up with the Colonels and Demons. Lamar can not advance if it loses.
On Wednesday, Lamar (14-17, 5-10 SLC) shot 36 percent and was just 18-of-30 from the charity stripe. LU was led by Anthony Miles' 14 points and Justin Nabors' 15th double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Reggie Mathis finished with 11 points and a career-high four steals.
Kevin Palmer led A&M-CC (15-14, 9-6) with 28 points, eight boards and four steals. The Islanders shot 54 percent, made seven 3-pointers and outscored the Cards 44-24 in the paint.
The first half was tightly contested with three ties and 14 lead changes over the first 14:08 as Miles gave the Cards a 23-22 advantage. But the Islanders scored the next ten points to take a 32-23 lead. Lamar scored the final four points of the half at the foul line to trim the deficit to 34-29 at the half.
Lamar never got closer than seven in the second half in wrapping up its home slate with a 13-5 record. The 13 victories are tied for the fifth-most in a season at Lamar.
Saturday's regular-season finale at Stopher Gym will tip-off at 2 p.m. and the game can be heard in Southeast Texas on KLVI 560-AM.