Nov. 10, 2004
BEAUMONT - Alan Daniels scored a game-high 30 points to lead Lamar to an 85-68 win over Delta State in exhibition action Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar hosts Huston-Tillotson in its second exhibition game Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals open the regular season Nov. 23 when Jarvis Christian visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The Cardinals scored the game's first six points and never trailed in the contest. Daniels' jumper at 14:42 of the opening half gave Lamar a 10-point lead, 15-5. The Cardinals took an 8-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 39-31.
Lamar opened the second half with an 18-5 run to extend its lead to a game-high 21 points, 57-36, with 13:20 left in the game. The Statesman closed to within 10 points, 60-50, when Karlton Fields capped a 5-0 run with a layup, but that's as close as Delta State would get the rest of the way.
Daniels was nine-of-15 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior Jason Grant was close to recording a triple-double for the Cardinals. The 6-10 center finished with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and blocked eight shots, which equaled his career-high.
Junior Thomas Fairley, a transfer from Redlands CC, added 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Sophomore Blake Whittle added nine points.
Lamar shot 46.7 percent from the field, 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point range and 58.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals forced 28 turnovers, but committed 21 themselves. Lamar also blocked 15 shots, which would have set a new Montagne Center record.
Trey Sanders led Delta State with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Sandrell Spann, Marlon McCoy and Fields each added nine points.
The Statesmen shot 39.1 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the free throw line. Delta State also outrebounded Lamar 50 to 48, including grabbing 27 on the offensive glass.