The Port Arthur News
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
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.