Lamar Falls at Home to Oral Roberts, 65-57
Nov. 24, 2007
BEAUMONT - Junior Kenny Dawkins scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Cardinals, but it was not enough as Oral Roberts outscored Lamar University 15 to eight over the final seven minutes to claim a 65-57 win Saturday night in non-conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar dropped to 1-3 overall. The Cardinals hit the road for two straight beginning with Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at former Sun Belt Conference rival New Orleans. Lamar plays a 1 p.m. game at Northern Illinois next Saturday. ORU improved to 3-2 overall.
With the game tied for the fifth time at 45-45, Darren Hopkins gave the Cardinals a 47-45 lead with 8:35 left in the game. Marchello Vealy answered with a three-pointer to give ORU at 48-47 lead. A jump hook in the lane by Lawrence Nwevo put Lamar up one, 49-48, at 7:41.
Adam Liberty's jumper at 6:49 gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good at 50-49. Robert Jarvis nailed a three-pointer and Vealy hit a jumper to extend the lead to six points, 55-49, with 4:53 remaining.
Jarvis and Vealy both hit a pair of free throws that capped an 11-0 run and gave ORU a 59-49 lead at 3:08. Hopkins' jumper at 2:44 ended a nearly 5:00 drought by the Cardinals. A layup by Lamar Sanders pulled the Cardinals within six, 61-55, with 51 seconds left in the game. Jarvis and Liberty both made a pair of free throws to seal the win for ORU. The Golden Eagles went 10-for-10 at the free throw line in the second half, including 8-for-8 in the final 3:08.
Lamar sprinted out to an early 15-4 lead. Justin Nabors started the game with a three-pointer and Dawkins capped the run with a 3-pointer at 13:43.
ORU responded with a 10-0 run with Shawn King netting six points as the Golden Eagles pulled to within one, 15-14. ORU completed the comeback when Moses Ehambe hit a 3-pointer at 5:50 that tied the game at 21-21.
After a Marcus Lewis layup put ORU up five, 28-25, Matthew Barrow and Dawkins each hit layups to make the score 28-27 with 1:16 left. Jarvis ended the half by hitting a jumper in the lane with two seconds left to give ORU a 32-29 halftime lead.
Dawkins was 6 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line in scoring 18 points. He also dished a season-high seven assists. He was the only Cardinal in double-figures.
Junior Tristan Worrell, making his first start of the season, scored eight points of 4 of 6 shooting from the field. Sanders grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points. Hopkins added nine points.
Lamar shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field, 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from 3-point range and 75 percent (6-of-8) from the free throw line. The Cardinals defense forced 17 turnovers which led to 24 points.
Jarvis came off the bench to lead ORU in scoring at 16 points. Vealy added 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, off the bench. King recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ehambe added 11 points.
ORU shot 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from the field, 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range and 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles outrebounded Lamar 31 to 27. ORU outscored the Cardinals 32 to nine in points off the bench.