PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 2, 2013

Oral Roberts sends Lamar to 26th loss


The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — BEAUMONT – Playing in the final home game of their Lamar University careers,

it was seniors Stan Brown and Donley Minor who led the way Saturday against Oral

Roberts. Unfortunately, the Cardinals came up short in a 68-50 Southland

Conference basketball loss to the visiting Golden Eagles.



Brown just missed out on a third straight double-double, registering 13 points

and a team-high nine rebounds in 37 minutes of work. Minor led the Cardinals

with 15 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes in his last

game on Billy and Pat Tubbs Court.



The loss drops Lamar University to 3-26 on the year and 1-15 in conference play.

ORU improves to 18-12 on the season and 13-4 in their inaugural run through the

Southland Conference.



While the Cardinals’ effort was there the entire evening, there offensive

execution was not. Lamar managed to shoot just 20-of-55 in the game from the

floor and committed 17 turnovers which the Golden Eagles turned into 13 points.



“Our guys played hard but we got in a stretch there where we couldn’t buy a

bucket,” said LU head coach Pat Knight. “We weren’t taking bad shots but

we have a hard time scoring. We just got in a dry spell and they’re (ORU)

good. They’ve got some all-conference guys and they just capitalized when we

couldn’t hit (shots).”



After trailing 30-21 at the half, Lamar kept the game close and eventually

pulled to within six points on a Minor 3-pointer at the 9:25 mark that made it a

44-38 game. Shawn Glover, who led all scorers with 19 points, capped a 14-1 ORU

run that gave the visitors a 58-39 advantage with 4:33 to play.



Lamar outrebounded the larger Golden Eagles 36-35 on the night but never got any

closer than 16 points the rest of the way. ORU, which came into the game ranked

among the top 30 teams in the nation in free throw shooting, hit 9-of-12 in the

second half to secure the victory.



After not hitting a 3-pointer for the last three games, Lamar got four in the

second half from Minor to match his single-game season-high. A native of Los

Angeles, Minor’s seven rebounds matched his career-high set earlier this

season against Central Arkansas.



The Cardinals, who won the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament to advance to

the NCAA’s for the sixth time in school history, will close the regular season

on the road. Lamar will face Nicholls on Thursday before taking on Southeastern

Louisiana on Saturday.