Lamar 55, Stephen F. Austin 44

Anthony Miles had 17 points, five assists and five steals as

Lamar defeated Stephen F. Austin 55-44 Thursday in the semifinals

of the Southland Conference tournament.

The third-seeded Cardinals (22-11) advance to the championship

game Saturday against No. 4 seed McNeese State, which upset

top-seeded Texas-Arlington 92-72.

Mike James added 14 points for Lamar, while Devon Lamb and

Charlie Harper had 10 each.

Second-seeded Stephen F. Austin (20-12), which beat Lamar by 10

points in their only previous meeting this season, got 14 points

from Taylor Smith and 11 from Desmond Haymon. Leading scorers

Jereal Scott and Antonio Bostic were held to nine and five points,

respectively, as the Lumberjacks shot just 30 percent from the

floor.

Lamar closed the first half on a 10-2 run to lead 26-19, and

scored 12 straight points to go ahead 44-26 with 6:49 left in the

game.