Dec. 11, 2004
BEAUMONT - Senior Raymond Anthony led four Cardinals in double-figures as Lamar University pulled away from Arkansas Tech for an 85-68 win Saturday night in non-conference basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved its record to 3-2 on the season. ATU evened its record at 4-4. The Cardinals put their two-game winning streak on the line Monday night when the U.S. Air Force Academy visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game. Any Air Force personnel in the Golden Triangle area in uniform will gain free admission to Monday's game.
The Cardinals had to hold off a late rally by the Wonder Boys. Trailing 71-54, ATU went on a 9-1 run capped by a conventional three point play by Terrence Martin to trim Lamar's lead to eight, 72-64, with 3:44 remaining.
Lamar responded with a 13-4 run to close the game. Junior Thomas Fairley, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injury, scored seven of his 14 points in the final three minutes.
The Cardinals had trouble pulling away from the Wonder Boys in the first half. Lamar made a late push in the opening stanza, turning a three-point lead into a 14-point cushion, 43-29, on back-to-back three-pointers by Anthony and Alan Daniels. ATU kept coming back, using an 8-2 run to close to within eight, 45-37, at halftime.
Anthony scored a season-high 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting from 3-point range. He also added six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Junior Nashid Beard added a season-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots.
Senior Teddy Davis came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. In addition to his 14 points, Fairley grabbed a team-high six rebounds and had three steals. Lamar shot 47.6 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals forced ATU into 29 turnovers, which led to 33 points.
Jeremy Johnson recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead ATU. He was 9-of-12 from the field. Martin added 21 points and Rone Smith chipped in 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
ATU shot 45.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from 3-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wonder Boys outrebounded Lamar 41 to 30, including grabbing 13 on the offensive glass.