Dec. 28, 2004
BEAUMONT - Lamar placed four players in double-figures led by Alan Daniels' 21 points as the Cardinals posted an 86-70 win over Arkansas State Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 7-3 and extended its winning streak to three straight. Arkansas State dropped to 6-5 and has lost four of its last five games. The Cardinals hosts Central Oklahoma Thursday at 7 p.m. to close out the non-conference schedule.
Leading 43-38 at halftime, Lamar saw its lead dwindle to start the second half. ASU got a layup from Marcus Ardison, a three-pointer from Dewarick Spencer and a layup by J.J. Montgomery to tie the game at 45-45. Daniels nailed a 3-pointer on Lamar's next possession to put the Cardinals up 48-45 with 17:15 left in the game. Lamar would lead the rest of the way.
The Indians trimmed the lead to two on several occasions, the last coming on a Jerry Nichols free throw at 13:10 that made the score 57-55. The Cardinals went on a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 14 points, 71-57, with 7:42 left in the game.
Lamar scored the game's first six points and led 12-9 with 14:37 remaining in the half. The Cardinals used a 14-6 run to push their lead to 11 points, 26-15, at 9:05 to take control of the game. ASU fought back on the strength of a 10-2 run to cut Lamar's lead to two, 35-33, on an Isaac Wells layup.
Teddy Davis hit a 3-pointer with 46 left in the half and the Cardinals took a 43-38 lead into the locker room at halftime. Lamar shot 54.8 percent from the field in the first half.
Daniels was 8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, in scoring his 21 points. Davis added 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
Brandon Chappell came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Fairley recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a season-high five shots.
Lamar shot 55.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 58.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outscored the Indians 30 to 12 in bench points. Lamar tied a Montagne Center record with 12 blocked shots.
Montgomery led ASU with a game-high 22 points on 11-of-25 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Ardison added 14 points and eight rebounds. Spencer, who came in averaging 19.6 ppg, was held to 12 points before fouling out with 12:02 remaining.
ASU shot 38.6 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 46.4 percent from the free throw line. The Indians outrebounded Lamar 44 to 41, including grabbing 22 on the offensive glass which led to a 23 to 13 advantage in second chance points.