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
** 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.
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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.