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.