Dec. 7, 2004
BEAUMONT - After building a 20-point first half lead, Lamar University held off Texas-Pan American in the final three minutes for a 74-66 win in non-conference basketball action Tuesday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 2-2 on the season and snapped its two-game losing streak. UTPA dropped its record to 3-2. The Cardinals remain at home for a 7 p.m. game Saturday against Arkansas Tech.
Junior Josh Goodwin, making his first career start, scored the game's first two points on a jumper in the lane and Lamar never trailed in the contest. The Cardinals sprinted out to a 7-0 lead before Ray Castillo's three-pointer gave the Broncs their first points of the game at 16:37.
Junior Nashid Beard converted back-to-back layups to extend Lamar's lead to 15 points, 20-5, at the 14:52 mark of the opening stanza. A 14-8 run by the Cardinals late in the half pushed the lead to a game-high 20 points, 45-25. UTPA's Derrick East hit a layup with four second left made the score 45-27 at halftime.
UTPA opened the second half with a 10-1 run to trim Lamar's lead to nine points, 46-37, on a dunk by Chris Fagan at 16:55. A Sergio Sanchez three-pointer at 13:53 cut the lead to six, 49-43.
Alan Daniels hit a jumper and a pair of free throws by Blake Whittle pushed the lead back to 10, 53-43. A pair of free throws by Mike Levy gave the Cardinals a 12-point lead, 65-53, with 8:00 left in the game.
A 13-3 run by the Broncs, closed by a Matt Berry 3-pointer and East's jumper in the lane, cut Lamar's lead to 3-points, 69-66, with 3:26 remaining. Lamar converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:39 to seal the win.
Daniels led the Cardinals with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Whittle came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range.
Grant, also coming off the bench, added 11 points. Senior Raymond Anthony
equaled his career-high with eight assists. Goodwin and Beard each scored nine points.
After shooting 46.2 percent from the field in the first half, Lamar shot just 25.9 percent in the second half and finished the game at 37.9 percent. Lamar shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range, including 6-of-9 in the first half, and 68.0 percent from the free throw line.
Sanchez led UTPA with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range. Ray Castillo was the only other Bronc in double-figures with 14 points, hitting 4-of-11 from 3-point range. Alvaidas Gedminas grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
UTPA shot 36.6 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from 3-point range and 44.4 percent from the free throw line. The Broncs outrebounded the Cardinals 49 to 43, including grabbing 20 on the offensive glass.