Nov. 16, 2004
BEAUMONT - Using its superior size and deep bench, the Lamar men's basketball team cruised to a 109-61 win over Huston-Tillotson Tuesday night in exhibition action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, who also defeated Delta State 85-68 to post a 2-0 record in its exhibition games, opens the regular season Tuesday when Jarvis Christian visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game. Any fan that brings two (2) non-perishable food items will gain one (1) free admission to the home opener.
After letting Huston-Tillotson scored the game's first seven points, Lamar answered with a 13-0 run and never looked back. Mike Levy scored seven straight points to push the lead to 24-10 with 9:56 left in the opening stanza. By halftime, the Cardinals had extended their lead to 29 points, 53-24.
Junior Alan Daniels scored a game-high 20 points to lead Lamar. He was 9-of-16 from the field, and grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and had four steals. Levy, a senior from Port Arthur, came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line.
Junior Jason Grant recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was 5-of-8 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also blocked four shots. Junior Thomas Fairley was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Junior Nashid Beard added nine points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Junior Jeremy Long handed out a team-high seven assists. Junior Josh Goodwin chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.
For the game, Lamar shot 50.0 percent (42-of-84) from the field, 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Rams 59 to 27, including grabbing 25 offensive boards. Lamar also forced 22 turnovers while only committing 14.
Tyrus Davis led HTC with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Warren Guidry added 12 points and five rebounds. Justin Ballou, a Port Arthur native, added eight points and a game-high eight assists.
HTC shot 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field, 29.4 percent (5-17) from 3-point range and 42.9 percent (6-14) from the free throw line for the game.