Jan. 4, 2005
Lamar vs. Southeastern Louisiana Game Notes
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HAMMOND, La. - After posting an 8-3 record in its non-conference schedule, the Lamar men's basketball team is set to open Southland Conference play Wednesday at defending league tri-champion Southeastern Louisiana. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the University Center.
Lamar is riding a season-high four-game winning streak following Thursday's 78-73 win over Central Oklahoma. SLU is 8-5 following its 83-61 win over Arkansas Baptist on Monday. This will be the conference opener for both schools.
This will be the 26th meeting between Lamar and SLU with the Cardinals holding a 16-9 all-time series advantage. However, SLU swept the season series last year, winning 65-53 in Beaumont (1/21/04) and 89-72 in Hammond (2/21/04), and has won the last three meetings.
Lamar's last win in the series was 63-55 on Jan. 4, 2003 in Beaumont. Lamar is 6-6 against the Lions since returning to the SLC for the 1998-99 season.
Junior Alan Daniels was named SLC player of the week for the second straight time on Monday after helping Lamar post a 3-0 record during the holiday break. In becoming the league's first repeat winner this season, Daniels averaged 22.3 points and four rebounds per game. He shot 61 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range.
A 6-6 forward from Tulsa, Daniels has overtaken the SLC scoring lead at 19.5 points per game. He also ranks fourth in 3-pointer made per game (2.91), fifth in steals (1.82), ninth in 3-point percentage (.438), 12th in assists (3.09), 15th in field goal percentage (.516) and 18th in rebounding (5.5). Daniels has scored 20 or more points in seven of Lamar's 11 games this season.
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg, which ranks seventh in the SLC. He also leads the SLC in free throw percentage (.894) and ranks fourth in assists (4.64), fourth in steals (1.91), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.89) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.82).
Junior Josh Goodwin is averaging 7.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg, which ranks third in the SLC. He also ranks fourth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.623). Sophomore Brandon Chappell leads the SLC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.85).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 83.9 ppg and is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 64.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 42.8 to 38.3 for a plus-4.5 margin.
Ricky Woods leads SLU in scoring at 18.2 ppg, which ranks third in the SLC. He is shooting 62.9 percent from the field, second in the SLC, and leads the team in steals (21) and is second in rebounding (5.2 rpg).
Senior Nate Lofton is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.2 rpg. He is shooting 55.2 percent from the field and leads the team with 21 blocked shots. He averaged 9.5 ppg and 15.5 rpg in the two games against Lamar last season.
SLU is averaging 66.2 ppg and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, which leads the SLC, 30.4 percent from 3-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Lions leads the SLC in scoring defense, allowing just 56.8 ppg.