Cardinals roll over McNeese State 70-49 for first trip to NCAA's since 2000
Lamar and McNeese State will meet Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Merrell Center
Cardinals knocked off Stephen F. Austin 55-44 behind seniors' effort
The Cardinals will face Stephen F. Austin on Thursday at 6 in the semifinals
Lamar wins the East Division and earns the No. 3 seed in next week's Southland Conference Tournament
2010-11: Started the first 12 games of the season before battling injuries ... Came off the bench in 12 other games for 24 games played as a junior ... Finished sixth on the team in scoring at 7.4 points per game, and his 5.6 rebounds per game ranked second ... Scored in double figures seven times, with a season-high 19 points against Portland State (11/20) ... Also grabbed seven rebounds against the Vikings ... Had one double-double on the year with 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Louisiana-Lafayette (12/19) ... Tied for fourth on the team with 26 steals, and set a career-high with four against Lyon College in the season opener (11/12) ... Also set career-highs for free throws made (7) and attempted (11) against Lyon ... Just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds in Lamar's 75-73 loss at Rice (12/4) ... Shot 45.7 percent from the floor to rank third on the team ... Led the Cardinals in scoring three times and in rebounding five times.
2009-10: Started 26 of the 29 games he played in as a sophomore ... Finished fourth on the team with 8.4 points per game, and was second in rebounding at 6.4 per contest ... Poured in a career-high 23 points, on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, in an 87-68 victory over Arkansas State (1/4) ... Scored in double figures in 12 other games on the season ... Had a pair of double-doubles on the season, with 17 points and 15 boards at Middle Tennessee (11/19) and 14 points and 15 rebounds against North Carolina A&T (11/28) ... Managed five games with at least 10 rebounds, including 10 boards in the season-opening victory over Huston-Tillotson ... Led Lamar in scoring three times on the season, and was also top rebounder three times ... Finished third on the Cardinals with 62 assists, and added 26 steals.
2008-09: Saw action in 21 games with six starts as a true freshman ... Missed nine games with an injury sustained as a passenger in a car accident on Nov. 20 ... Averaged 4.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 17.3 minutes per game ... Joined Anthony Miles in the starting lineup against Louisiana College (11/15) to become the first true freshmen to start an opener since the 1999-2000 season (Eddie Robinson) ... Led the team in rebounding twice -- with a career-high 10 rebounds against Sam Houston State (1/28) and with nine against Utah Valley (2/9) ... Recorded three double-figure scoring games, including a pair of 12-point performances against SHSU and Stephen F. Austin (2/7) ... Also had and 11-point night at Memphis (1/3) ... Played at least 20 minutes seven times, with 30+ minutes in three games.
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner at James Madison HS for coach John Valenzuela ... Averaged a double-double as a senior with 16.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.1 bpg while being named team MVP ... Had a top game against Wagner with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists ... Posted averages of 10.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg his junior season ... First team all-district, all-area and all-region in 2007-08 after honorable mention all-district plaudits in 2006-07 ... Led the Mavericks to the regional title and Class 5A state semifinals as a junior, a regional title as a senior, along with district titles as a sophomore and junior ... Madison won at least 30 games all three years he played varsity and posted a combined 93-20 record ... Ranked as the 48th best prospect in the state by Texas Roundball and 72nd by Texas Hoops. He played for the San Antonio AAU team last summer where he averaged 17.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He helped lead the team to the 2007 Las Vegas Main Event championship ... Named academic all-district in 2005-06.
Personal: Full name is Charlie Harper III ... Born on Nov. 29, 1989 in Indianapolis, Ind. ... Son of Charlie and Lorraine Harper ... Has two brothers, Charles and Chris, and a sister, Charlicia ... Charles plays basketball at UT Permian Basin and Charlicia plays for Kansas ... Nickname is C-Tre ... Kinesiology major.