Dec. 4, 2004
BEAUMONT - Alan Daniels and Josh Goodwin each recorded double-doubles, but is was not enough as Houston defeated Lamar, 85-77, in non-conference basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar, playing before a season-high crowd of 4,285, dropped to 1-2 on the season. Houston improved to 5-3. The Cardinals remain at home for Tuesday's 7 p.m. game against Texas-Pan American.
The game was tightly contested in the early going, featuring five ties and six lead changes. Trailing 15-14, Lamar went on an 8-2 run to take a 5-point lead, 22-17, on a Daniels jumper at 9:40. A pair of Daniels free throws extended Lamar's lead to seven points, 26-19, at 8:14.
A Ramon Dyer dunk sparked a 13-3 Houston run, giving the Cougars a 3-point lead, 32-29, with 4:01 remaining in the first half. A Brian Latham layup and an Andre Owens three-pointer gave UH a 37-32 halftime lead.
UH opened the second half with a 12-2 run to extend to a 15-point lead, 49-34, on a Lanny Smith 3-pointer at 17:25. Owens started the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key to open the second half scoring.
Lamar answered right back with a 16-7 run to cut the lead to six points, 56-50, on Daniels' second consecutive three-pointer at 12:11. A three-pointer by Raymond Anthony, who was 1-of-5 from the field, trimmed the lead to five, 59-54, with 10:29 left in the game. That's as close as the Cardinals would get.
The Cougars scored the next seven points to extend their lead back 12 points, 66-54, on a Latham 3-pointer with 8:10 remaining.
Daniels topped the 30-point mark for the second time in three games this season, scoring 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. He also added a game-high 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season.
Goodwin, who played a career-high 33 minutes with Jason Grant in foul trouble and Thomas Fairley out with an injury, responded with his second double-double of the season. The 6-9 junior scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
added a career-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Jeremy Long
added eight points and four assists. Nashid Beard
chipped in seven points, five rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots.
Lamar shot 47.3 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. Lamar outrebounded UH 39 to 31, but committed a season-high 24 turnovers.
Owens and Latham each scored 21 points to lead UH. Owens was 6-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Latham was 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Ramon Dyer scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and blocked three shots. Smith added 11 points.
UH shot 47.6 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cougars shot 56.0 percent from the field in the second half, including hitting 7-of-9 three-pointers.