Nov. 27, 2004
DENTON - Junior Thomas Fairley recorded his first career double-double, but Lamar's comeback bid at North Texas came up short as the Cardinals dropped their first game of the season, 70-66, in non-conference basketball action Saturday night at The Super Pit.
Lamar (1-1) returns home to host Houston next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net-Southwest. North Texas improved to 3-1 on the season.
Despite committing 19 first half turnovers, Lamar went in to the locker room trailing by just a point, 30-29, at halftime. Senior Raymond Anthony hit three three-pointers in the first half and Lamar pulled down 11 offensive rebounds to stay in the game.
Like last season, the Cardinals jumped out to a quick lead against the Mean Green. A Jeremy Long jumper at 14:04 gave Lamar a 9-2 lead. The Cardinals extended to a 20-7 lead at 11:19 following an Anthony 3-pointer. A Mike Levy putback at 9:54 kept the lead at 13, 22-9.
UNT started to chip away at Lamar's lead, using an 11-1 run to cut the lead to three, 23-20. A Michael Jones three-pointer and Quincy Williams jumper made it a one-point game, 26-25, with 3:12 remaining.
A Jones layup gave the Mean Green their first lead of the half, 27-26, but an Alan Daniels 3-pointer put Lamar up 29-27. Ty Thomas, who scored all 14 of his points in the opening half, hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left to give UNT a 30-29 halftime advantage.
Leonard Hopkins, who only played four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, sparked an 11-5 run to start the second half. He scored UNT's first eight points of the half and an Isaac Hines 3-pointer pushed the Mean Green's lead to seven, 41-34.
UNT pushed its lead to a game-high 12 points, 67-55, on a Calvin Watson layup with 5:03 remaining in the game. Blake Whittle 3-pointers with :07 remaining trimmed the lead to the final margin.
Fairley, a 6-9 forward from Long Beach, Miss./Redlands CC, scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 16 rebounds, both season and career highs. Anthony was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 16 on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.
Lamar shot 40.3 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from 3-point range and 35.3 from the free throw line, converting just 6-of-17. The Cardinals outrebounded UNT 48 to 43, including grabbing 20 on the offensive glass.
Hopkins led UNT with 22 points, all of which came in the second half. Jones added 12 points and seven rebounds. Hines chipped in eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals.
UNT shot 41.3 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.