UCA pulls upset in Southland Conference tourney opener

KATY, Texas (AP) _ League Player of the Year Jordan Howard scored 26 points and
Central Arkansas shut down Lamar in the second half for its first-ever Southland
Conference Tournament win in Wednesday night's opener.

Matthew Mondesir scored 12 points and Mathieu Kamba and Thatch Unruh added 11
apiece for the seventh-seeded Bears (17-15), who face No. 3 Stephen F. Austin in
Thursday's quarterfinal.

Trailing 33-31 at halftime after 12 lead changes, Lamar opened with a 13-3 run
capped by DeAndre Love's 3 and led 44-36 as the Bears struggled offensively
early in the second half. But Lamar went cold as the Bears' defense stiffened,
and UCA led 61-55 on Kamba's putback after holding the Cardinals scoreless for
seven minutes.

The Bears finished on a 15-2 run with Howard hitting four free throws for a
65-57 lead with 31 seconds to go while the Cardinals scored just two points in
the final nine minutes.

Josh Nzeakor scored a career-high 23 points for the No. 6 seed Cardinals
(20-12), who shot 37.1 percent from the field.

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