Lamar Runs Past Nicholls State, 103-87

March 1, 2006

BEAUMONT - Seniors Alan Daniels and Josh Goodwin became the first duo since 1979 to both score 30 points in a game as Lamar University ran past Nicholls State, 103-87, Wednesday night in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.

Lamar improved to 16-12 overall and 9-6 in SLC play. The Cardinals moved into a three-way tie for third place in the league standings with Southeastern Louisiana (9-6) and McNeese State (9-6) since the Lions posted an 82-71 win over the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Lamar hosts SLU Friday at 7 p.m. for Homecoming and senior night with the winner likely claiming the fourth seed in the O'Reilly Auto Parts SLC Tournament. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament with the top four seeds hosting first round games on Tuesday.

Stefan Blaszczynski's layup at 16:07 game the Colonels their first and only need of the game at 12-11. Brandon Chappell's three-pointer put Lamar up for good at 14-12 with 15:09 left in the first half. That started an 8-0 run that gave the Cardinals a 19-12 lead on a three point play by Thomas Fairley at 14:05.

Leading 57-39 at halftime, Lamar built its lead to a game-high 26 points, 78-52, on a Daniels three-pointer with 15:00 left in the game. Nicholls responded with a 9-0 run to trim the lead to 17 points, 78-61.

The Colonels closed the margin to 10 points, 86-76, on a free throw by Cyril Djoukeng with 7:42 left in the game. Daniels hit a jumper and a pair of free throws to quickly push the lead back to 14 points, 90-76. Blaszczynski's 3-pointer at 1:23 but the lead to single-digits, 92-84.


Goodwin made four straight free throws and Brandon McThay connected on two free throws in the final 35 seconds to close out the game. It marked the second time this season that Lamar has eclipsed the 100-point mark this season, posting a 112 -60 win over St. Gregory's on Dec. 28, 2005.

Daniels was 11 of 21 from the field, including 4 of 13 from 3-point range, and 6 of 8 from the free throw line in scoring 32 points. It was the seventh time this season that Daniels has scored 30 or more points in a game. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists and had four steals.

Goodwin scored a career-high 31 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the field and 11 of 14 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season. It was the first time two Lamar players scored 30 or more points in a game since Clarence Kea scored 36 and B.B. Davis had 33 on Feb. 10, 1979 against Texas-Arlington.

Thomas Fairley recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and blocked seven shots. Chappell dished out a game-high eight assists.

Lamar shot 59.7 percent from the field, 57.6 percent in the first half, 25 percent from 3-point range and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outscored the Colonels 20 to 14 in points off turnovers.

Blaszczynski led Nicholls with 30 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field and 10 of 12 from the free throw line. Gray added 18 points and Djoukeng chipped in 17.

Nicholls shot 38 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from 3-point range and 89.3 percent from the free throw line. The Colonels outrebounded Lamar 42 to 41, including grabbing 17 on the offensive glass.

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Senior Josh Goodwin set career-highs with 31 points and 15 rebounds, which was his second double-double of the season.
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