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January 5, 2013

Demons put another beating on Lamar

NATCHITOCHES, LA. —  Senior Stan Brown registered his third career double-double Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum but it was not enough as the host Northwestern State Demons handed Lamar University an 86-58 loss in Southland Conference men’s basketball action.

The Cardinals trailed 46-27 at the half, but battled hard in the second half to make it close against the more experienced Demons. Rhon Mitchell emphatically slammed home an alley-oop pass from D.J. Muepo that capped a 9-0 Lamar run and made it a 52-42 game with 13:04 to play.

However, Lamar couldn’t overcome the hole it dug or its turnovers in taking the loss. Lamar, which fell to 2-12 overall and 0-2 in league play, will have little rest as it will host Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night at 7:30 in its conference home opener.

“We turned it over way too much and missed too many layups around the bucket,” said LU head coach Pat Knight. “We did a good job fighting back and their (NSU’s) style of play, they can put points on you in bunches. That’s what happened.

“The effort was better (than at Stephen F. Austin) and we competed, but we’re not a very good team right now. I can live with a loss as long as we get the effort because we can turn that into something. We had some of the younger guys step up and that was good. We have a lot of work to do, and the main thing we have to do is take care of the basketball.”

A flurry of turnovers late allowed NSU (8-4 overall, 2-0 in the Southland) to go on a 28-8 run and build an 80-50 lead with 4:38 left in the contest. Brown, who finished with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, hit a pair of free throws to end the run.

Lamar shot 12-of-35 from the floor in each half (34.3 percent) in its worst shooting performance in six games. While the Demons weren’t much better at 39.4 percent, NSU benefitted from a 25-of-35 day from the free throw line. Lamar was just 10-of-20 from the charity stripe, including 7-of-16 aim in the second half.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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