McFarlane’s hot shooting lifts Lions to dominant win at Lamar

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BEAUMONT, Texas – The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team saw Roger McFarlane hit five straight threes at one point in the first half, helping the Lions open up a big lead that only got bigger in a dominant 83-60 win over the Lamar Cardinals Thursday night at the Montagne Center.

The Lions set the pace right out of the gate as Brody Rowbury scored on Southeastern’s opening possession kicking off an 8-0 SLU run to start the game, a run McFarlane ended with a pair of free throws for an 8-0 Lion lead which held all the way to the game’s first media timeout with 15:39 left in the first half. Lamar came out of that media timeout and hit two straight threes as part of its own 8-0 run to tie the score at 8-8 with 14:15 left in the half.

On SLU’s ensuing possession, McFarlane hit his first of six three-pointers that he made in the opening half, giving Southeastern the lead for good. With the Lions leading 27-22 with six minutes left in the half, Alec Woodard hit back-to-back threes followed by a triple by Roscoe Eastmond before Matthew Strange scored on a layup to cap an 11-0 Lions run which gave SLU a double-digit lead at 38-22 with 3:45 left. SLU’s lead would not fall below double figures from there. Southeastern’s lead grew to a peak of 17 points in the first half, hitting the mark the first time at 45-28 when Boogie Anderson scored on a dunk with less than a minute left, and matched it right before the buzzer as Nick Caldwell scored on a layup to make the halftime score 47-30.

Southeastern continued its domination right out of the break, this time down low as Rowbury scored the first seven points of the back half as SLU’s lead grew to 24 points less than 90 minutes into the period at 54-30. SLU’s lead slowly built until it reached its peak of 30 points for the first time with 11:40 remaining as a steal turned into a transition layup by Woodard made the score 66-36. That margin would be matched three more times, the final time with less than five minutes left as a three by Strange made it 79-49 and the Lions coasted to the win from there.

“I thought that might have been the most unselfish game we’ve played all season,” said SLU head men’s basketball coach David Kiefer. “To have 25 assists and only seven turnovers is tremendous. Roger McFarlane was outstanding on both ends of the floor. This was a great road win for the Lions.”

McFarlane set career highs in both three-pointers made and rebounds as he collected his sixth double-double of the season, hitting six of his ten three-point attempts and nine of 16 shots overall for 26 points while securing 15 rebounds and he even dished out five assists in the process. Rowbury hit six of his seven shot attempts and his lone free throw of the game to finish with 13 points and seven rebounds. Anderson and Woodard both finished with 12 points as Anderson filled up the stat sheet with seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals while Woodard was five of six from the field and two of three from three with three rebounds and three assists. Caldwell was four of six from the field and finished with 10 points. Eastmond dished out a game-high eight rebounds.

SLU shot better than 50% in both halves, finishing at 55% while hitting 47.6% from deep in the contest. The Lions held Lamar to 40.7% shooting in the contest and limited the Cardinals to just five offensive rebounds with second chance points finishing even at nine apiece. Southeastern hit more three-pointers than Lamar, 10-6, while also outscoring the Cardinals in the paint, 40-28.

The Lions (16-13, 10-6 SLC) are now solely in third place in the Southland Conference standings two games back of the conference co-leaders with two to play in the regular season. SLU comes home for the final time this season on Saturday, looking to earn a season split with McNeese State. Tip-off of Saturday’s contest against the Cowboys (8-21, 5-11 SLC) is set for 3:30 p.m. in the University Center and will be live streamed on ESPN3. It’ll be senior day and alumni weekend as three SLU players and two managers will be honored prior to tip while previous members of the Lions men’s basketball team will be in attendance.

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