Dec. 18, 2004
BEAUMONT - Junior Alan Daniels led six players in double-figures as Lamar University routed Wiley College, 110-64, in non-conference basketball Saturday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 5-3 on the season. Wiley dropped to 3-8. The Cardinals hit the road for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday at Tulsa. This will be the seventh meeting between Lamar and Tulsa and the series is tied at 3-3.
Wiley scored the game's first two points on a steal and layup by Willie Holloway. That was the Wildcats only lead of the night. Lamar scored the next 18 points, which concluded with a Jason Grant dunk at 14:46.
Leading 26-10, the Cardinals went on a 17-3 run to extend their lead to 30 points, 43-13, on a Grant layup. An alley-oop dunk by Josh Goodwin on a pass from Brandon Chappell, one of his career-high 10 assists, with 1:28 extended Lamar's lead to a first-half high 33 points. The Cardinals took a 57-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Lamar opened the second half with a 12-0 run to push its lead to 40 points, 69-29, with 16:30 left in the game. The Cardinals biggest lead of the game was 52 points, 107-55, on a dunk by Nashid Beard.
With the game never in doubt the biggest basket of the second half was a 15-foot jumper by Blake Whittle that gave the Cardinals a 101-53 lead. The basket was of particular importance to the fans, who get free popcorn chicken from Dairy Queen when Lamar scores 100 points.
Daniels was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range in scoring a game-high 24 points. He also handed out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds. Beard added a season-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Grant added a season-high 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Goodwin recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. He was 6-of-10 from the field. Raymond Anthony added 13 points and Teddy Davis, making his first start of the season, added 10.
Lamar enjoyed a 53 to 41 rebound advantage, including grabbing 19 on the offensive glass which led to 19 second chance points. The Cardinals outscored Wiley 48 to 30 in the paint and 38 to 16 in bench points. Lamar also forced 31 turnovers, which led to 39 points.
For the game, Lamar shot 50 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals had a season-high 28 assists and had 16 steals.
Sylvester Simple led Wiley with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kurtis Murray was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 15 points.
Wiley shot 34.9 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the first half and was 1-of-6 from 3-point range.