March 8, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Senior Raymond Anthony scored a career-high 34 points to lead No. 5-seed Lamar University to a 91-83 win over No. 4-seed Texas-San Antonio Tuesday night in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Southland Conference Tournament at the Convocation Center.
Lamar improved to 18-10 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the SLC Tournament. The Cardinals will play at top-seeded Northwestern State, who defeated No. 8-seed Texas-Arlington 81-67, Thursday at 7 p.m. at Prather Coliseum. In other first round action, No. 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana defeated No. 7-seed Texas State 75-58 and No. 3-seed Sam Houston State defeated No. 6-seed McNeese State 88-70.
Trailing 81-77 after a jumper by Justin Harbert, Lamar closed the game with a 14-2 run to beat the Roadrunners for the third straight time this season. Anthony started the game-ending run with a pair of free throws to make the score 81-79.
Anthony followed with a three-pointer from the left corner to put the Cardinals up for good at 82-81. After a steal by Josh Goodwin, Anthony hit a layup to push the lead to 84-81. Rapheal Posey hit a pair of free throws to trim Lamar's lead to one, 84-83, with 36 seconds left. Anthony made 3-of-4 free throws to push the lead to 87-83.
Alan Daniels made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left that pushed the lead to six points, 89-83. Goodwin capped the scoring with a dunk at the buzzer. UTSA (15-13) missed its final six field goal attempts to end the game.
Anthony was 10-of-25 from the field, 5-of-15 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line in scoring his game-high 34 points. He also added seven rebounds and three assists. Daniels was 10-of-18 from the field, 3-of-10 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line in scoring 27 points. He added four steals, four assists and six rebounds.
Goodwin recorded his second straight and sixth double-double of the season with 13 point and 10 rebounds. He was 6-of-8 from the field. Thomas Fairley
grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots.
Lamar shot 45.7 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from 3-point range and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals forced 18 UTSA turnovers, which led to 23 points.
Harbert led UTSA with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range. John Millsap added 20 points and eight rebounds and Posey came off the bench to score 18.
UTSA shot 37.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Roadrunners outrebounded Lamar 47 to 46, including grabbing 21 on the offensive glass.