Dec. 13, 2004
BEAUMONT - Lamar scored the first eight points of overtime as the Cardinals posted a 66-59 win over the United States Air Force Academy in non-conference men's basketball action Monday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved its record to 4-2 on the season and extended its winning streak to three-games. Air Force dropped its second straight game and is 6-4 on the season. The Cardinals hit the road for the second time this season with a 7 p.m. game Thursday at Rice.
Jason Grant hit a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left in regulation to give the Cardinals a 3-point lead, 50-47. Air Force's Nick Welch hit a layup and was fouled by Raymond Anthony, which was his fifth of the game. Welch converted the free throw to tie the game at 50 with 24 seconds remaining. Alan Daniels misfired on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Cardinals won the overtime tip and proceeded to score the first eight points of the extra period. Teddy Davis started the streak with a pair of free throws and converted a layup. Daniels delivered the biggest blow with a three-pointer from the wing.
Leading by five, 24-19, to start the second half, Lamar built a seven-point lead on several occasions in the second half, the last of which came on a Daniels 3-pointer at 12:25 to make the score 39-32.
AF responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 39-39 on a layup by Jacob Burtschi at 8:14. A pair of free throws by Josh Goodwin put Lamar up two, 43-41, at 5:55.
Antoine Hood's 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Falcons their only lead of the second half at 44-43 with 5:26 left in regulation. Grant converted a convention three point play to put the Cardinals back up by two, 46-44, with 4:51 remaining.
AF scored the game's first four points and quickly built a 6-1 lead on a Burtschi layup. The Falcons led by as many as seven points in the first half, the last of which came at 13-6 on a Tim Keller layup at 13:00.
Lamar slowly chipped away at the lead with Blake Whittle's 3-pointer cutting AF's lead to one, 15-14. Lamar took the lead on its next possession on a three-pointer by Anthony.
Anthony scored a team-high 15 points before fouling out with 24 seconds left in regulation. He was 5-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He also added three steals.
Davis scored a season-high 13 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Fairley added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Lamar shot 42.9 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from 3-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outscored AF 31-5 in bench points and outrebounded the Falcons 42 to 21, including grabbing 15 on the offensive glass.
Welch scored a season-high 20 points to lead AF. He was 6-of-12 from the field, but just 5-of-11 from the free throw line. Hood was the only other Falcon in double-figures with 13 points.
AF shot 40.9 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from 3-point range and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons shot just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from the field in the first half and was 0-for-11 from 3-point range.