Lamar Drops Hard-Fought Game to Wyoming, 75-71

GO CARDINALS Junior Kenny Dawkins scored 22 points and dished out six assists for Lamar Monday night.
GO CARDINALS
Junior Kenny Dawkins scored 22 points and dished out six assists for Lamar Monday night.
GO CARDINALS

Nov. 19, 2007

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BEAUMONT - Junior Kenny Dawkins scored a game-high 22 points, but Wyoming placed four players in double-figures and grabbed a come-from-behind 75-71 win Monday night in non-conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.

Lamar dropped to 1-2 on the season and Wyoming improved to 2-1 overall. The Cardinals remain at home to host Oral Roberts Saturday at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles won last year's meeting in Tulsa and hold a 9-4 all-time series advantage.

Leading 36-30 at halftime, the Cardinals opened the second half with three straight field goals. Darren Hopkins nailed a three-pointer, Lamar Sanders hit a layup and Matthew Barrow hit a long three-pointer to give Lamar a 12-point lead, 44-32, with 18:03 left in the game.

Wyoming responded with a 14-0 run to get back in the game. Joseph Taylor started the run with an alley-oop dunk. Another Taylor dunk tied the game at 44-44 and Adam Waddell's jumper capped the run and gave the Cowboys a 46-44 lead at 12:43.

The game see-sawed back and forth for the rest of the game. A Barrow 3-pointer at 10:28 gave the Cardinals a 52-48 lead. A pair of free throws by Lawrence Nwevo and a layup by Dawkins pushed the Cardinals' lead to five, 58-53, with 6:15 left.

The Cowboys responded with a 9-0 run to take a 67-61 lead. Taylor hit a jumper, Ewing made a pair of free throws and a layup by Brad Jones gave Wyoming the lead for good at 62-61 at 3:12. Ewing nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing and a steal and resulting dunk by Taylor capped the run at 1:12.

Lamar twice cut the lead to three in the closing minute, on a pair of free throws by Sanders and a layup by Barrow, which made the score 70-67 at :39. The Cowboys made 6 of 8 at the free throw line over the final 49 seconds to seal the win.

 

 

Wyoming shot a blistering 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the field in the second half, including 50 percent (3-of-6) from 3-point range, and also made 14 of 19 free throws in the second stanza.

Lamar shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the field in the first half to take a 36-30 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, the Cardinals managed just 35.7 percent aim in the second half.

Dawkins was 7 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line scoring a career-high 22 points. He also had six assists, two rebounds and two steals. Barrow added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Hopkins chipped in 12 points to give the Cardinals three double-figure scorers.

Lamar shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the field, 37.9 percent (11-of-29) from 3-point range and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line for the game. The Cardinals defense forced 22 Wyoming turnovers which led 28 points.

Ewing led four players in double-figures with 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Taylor added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds off the bench. Adam Waddell and Jones each added 12 points.

For the game, Wyoming shot 59.5 percent (25-of-42) from the field, 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from 3-point range and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line. The Cowboys outrebounded Lamar 29 to 24 and outscored the Cardinals 28 to 18 in points in the paint.

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