Dec. 30, 2004
BEAUMONT - Lamar outscored Central Oklahoma 9-4 over the final three minutes as the Cardinals on for a 78-73 win over the Bronchos in non-conference men's basketball action Thursday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar improved to 8-3 on the season and extended its winning streak to a season-high four games. UCO dropped to 8-3. The Cardinals open Southland Conference play on the road with a 7 p.m. game Wednesday at defending tri-league champion Southeastern Louisiana.
The Cardinals turned a two point lead into an eight-point cushion, 55-47, on a pair of Brandon Chappell free throws at 10:56 of the second half. UCO kept coming at the Lamar, getting a three-pointer by Mike Currin and a pair of layups by Terry McVay and Sam Belt to trim the lead to one, 55-54, with 9:23 remaining in the game.
Sam Belt's 3-pointer tied the game at 60-60 and a jumper by McVay gave the Bronchos the lead at 62-60 at 7:16. McVay's 3-pointer at 5:53 broke gave UCO a 67-64 lead and a pair of free throws by Deshone Henderson its biggest lead of the game at 69-65 with 4:14 left in the game.
Lamar scored the game's next seven points to retake the lead for good at 72-69. Teddy Davis and Raymond Anthony both hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 69-69.
Alan Daniels converted a layup on a nifty pass from Davis that gave the Cardinals the lead at 71-69 at 3:06. Anthony went 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final 30 second to seal the win.
Daniels led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Anthony added 18 points on 4-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 at the free throw line. He also dished out five assists.
chipped in 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Josh Goodwin
hauled down a team-best nine rebounds and Chappell handed out seven assists and had three steals.
Lamar shot 44.4 percent from the field, including a season-low 23.1 percent from 3-point range, and 60 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals committed just 11 turnovers while forcing 19, which led to 24 points.
Henderson led UCO with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the free throw line. Belt recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Joe Kennerly added 11 points and seven rebounds and McVay chipped in 10.
UCO shot 39.4 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the free throw line. The Bronchos outrebounded Lamar 49 to 36, including 20 on the offensive glass, but just gained an 11 to seven advantage in second chance points.