LU Men Host Tulane in Saturday Doubleheader

Coy Custer

Jan. 1, 2010

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** Lamar is looking for its first three-game win streak of the season on Saturday.

** Lamar is 6-2 this season when scoring at least 74 points, 6-1 when leading at the half, 6-1 when shooting better from the floor and 6-1 when blocking more shots than the opposition.

** Anthony Miles is the only player in the SLC to rank in the top 10 in points and assists, while he also is among the top 10 in 3-point FG pct, defensive rebounds and minutes played.

Miles is averaging 25.5 ppg in the last two contests. He also has made 8-of-13 3-pointers for a .615 shooting pct. - and 10 total treys in the last three games

** Junior C Coy Custer has been a bright spot among the Lamar big men over the past three games, averaging 28.7 minutes per game with his 62 combined minutes against Louisiana and Rice accounting for his most in consecutive games in his career. He has averaged 10.5 points on 7-for-12 (.543) shooting, six rebounds and four blocks in the last two games also.

** Lamar has made 16 3-pointers in its last three games after connecting on just four total in its previous three outings. LU's guards are a combined 14- for-38 for .368 during that stretch, led by Anthony Miles' 10-for-18 (556).

** Lamar's defense has held its last four opponents under 70 points, marking the first time that has been accomplished since games 2-5 of last season during the team's 5-0 start.

Series History

Tonight marks the fourth all-time meeting between the Cardinals and Green Wave. Tulane has won all three prior contests, which took place during the 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. The Green Wave won 78-72 in New Orleans on Dec. 12, 1998, 51-45 in Beaumont on Dec. 11, 1999 and 81- 71 in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 2001.

After the 77-61 win over Rice on Dec. 23, Lamar is 28-65 against current Conference USA schools. On the flip side, Tulane is 36-6 against current Southland schools, with 18 meetings coming against Nicholls and nine against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Southland is now 2-6 against C-USA this season with the victories being a 61-57 McNeese State win at Tulane on the LU win over Rice.

About Tulane

Tulane enters Saturday's game with a 5-7 record on the season following a win over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Green Wave defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 73-70 in Lafayette two days after the Cardinals faced the Ragin' Cajuns in Beaumont.

Beaumont native Kris Richard leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 21 3-pointers made. Kevin Sims is the only other player averaging over nine points per game as he is second on the squad with 12.8 ppg. He is a 93 percent free throw shooter and has scored more than 1,200 points in his four-year career. Tulane was picked to finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in Conference USA by various national media outlets in the preseason.

Head coach Dave Dickerson is in his fifth year at Tulane and has a 64-69 record. He spent nine years as an assistant at Maryland prior to his arrival in the Big Easy.

LU-TU Connections

Lamar head coach Steve Roccaforte was an assistant coach at Tulane from 1994-98 where he helped the Green Wave compile a 72-53 record with an NCAA second round showing in 1995, the NIT Final Four in 1996 and a second NIT appearance in 1997. He coached current Tulane assistant Kim Lewis during that time as well.

Tulane junior Kris Richard is a Beaumont native who played at Ozen High School for former coach Andre Boutte. The Panthers went 127-7 during Richard's four seasons that saw the 6-foot-5 guard earn all-state honors and a pair of Mr. Outside Awards in the Golden Triangle.

James Gamble Awards Connection

Lamar senior Ashton Hall and Tulane junior Kris Richard won a combined four James Gamble Awards during their prep careers in Southeast Texas. Hall claimed the Mr. Inside honor in 2004 and 2005 while at Kountze HS, while Richard won the Mr. Outside title in 2006 and 2007 at Ozen HS. They are the only athletes to win either award twice since the Gamble Awards were started in 2003.

Lamar guard Donte Lopez was a runner-up for the Mr. Outside Award last spring as a senior at Beaumont West Brook HS.

About the Homestand

After playing six of five games on the road over an 18-day stretch, Lamar will play six-straight home contests over a 27-day span. Included in the stretch are two Conference USA schools (Rice and Tulane) and two Sun Belt schools (Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette).

The six-game stretch is the second-longest in school history, behind the nine-game skein of jack Martin's 1971-72 squad. Martin's 1957-58 team also closed the year with a six-straight home contests. Beginning with the Louisiana College game (Dec. 9), Lamar will play 12 of its next 16 games at home and 15 of its final 23 in Beaumont.

Roc Climbing Lamar Victories Chart

Lamar head coach Steve Roccaforte picked up his 54th coaching victory with the Cardinals' win over Rice last week. That moved him into sole possession for fifth place on the school's all-time list. Grey Giovanine is next with 80 wins in six seasons from 1993-99.

Its Good To Be Home

Lamar is playing the fourth game of a six-game homestand at the Montagne Center where it has won 17 of its last 18 non-conference games and has posted a 23-4 non-league mark in four seasons under head coach Steve Roccaforte.

Rebounding A Key For LU

Lamar has been strong on the glass all season, averaging 41.2 rebounds per game with a plus-7.5 rebound margin. Both figures rank first in the Southland while the margin puts LU 41st in the NCAA. LU also ranks second in the SLC in offensive boards (14.7) and second in defensive rpg (26.3).

The Cards posted season highs in rebounds (53) and rebound margin (+25) against Louisiana College (12/9). LU grabbed a season-best 24 offensive rebounds at Marshall and turned them into a seasonbest 30 second chance points.



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