Cardinals looking for road win at Northwestern State
Jan. 4, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Lamar University will look to bounce back from a loss to Stephen F. Austin in its Southland Conference basketball opener when the Cardinals take on Northwestern State on Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum.
The game, which will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. women's game between the two schools, will be broadcast live in the Beaumont area on KLVI 560 AM with Dave Hofferth handling the play-by-play. Lamar is 2-11 on the year and 0-1 in league play, while the Demons are 7-4 and 1-0 after knocking off McNeese State on Thursday by a 78-63 score.
This will be the 46th meeting between the two schools since 1951-52 when Lamar became a four-year institution. The Cardinals, who won two of the three meetings last year, hold a 24-21 series advantage.
The Demons won the first meeting 74-62 at home last year before Lamar won 85-66 in the Montagne Center and 76-69 in the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament. NSU holds a 16-5 advantage in games played in Natchitoches.
Last year's final meeting took place in Katy and came down to the wire with LU's Mike James hitting a late jumper to break a 65-65 tie. Lamar hit free throws down the stretch, and a Devon Lamb breakaway layup with 14 seconds to play all but sealed the win as it gave the Cards a 75-69 lead. Lamb, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds, would add a free throw with seven seconds to play to close out the scoring.
James led Lamar with 21 points, adding six rebounds and four of Lamar's 13 assists. Anthony Miles chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists and current senior Stan Brown matched a career-high with 10 rebounds to lead all players.
William Mosley had a huge game for the Demons. The nation's second leading shot blocker, Mosley finished with a career-high 22 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Louis Ellis added 15 points for NSU, and Shamir Davis scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
One game after facing the nation's stingiest scoring defense in SFA, the Cardinals will now contend with the second-best scoring offense in the country in NSU. The Demons are putting up 84.6 points per game and are outscoring their opponents by nearly 13 points per game.
Lamar, which is shooting a healthy 49.1 percent from the floor over the last five games, is averaging 58 points per game on offense and allowing just over 77. The Cardinals, who hit 13-of-14 free throws at SFA, are second in the Southland in free throw shooting at 69.9 percent.
NSU leads the Southland in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent, but is shooting just 29.2 percent from 3-point range and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Demons also rank among the top 10 nationally in rebounding at 43.0 per game.
Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell is the Cardinals leading scorer and second leading rebounder with averages of 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Brown is adding 9.6 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game.
Nine different Demons have started at least one game and only Davis and sophomore center Marvin Frazier have started all 11 games. Four players are scoring over 11 a game, led by junior forward DeQuan Hicks at 13.7. Freshman Jalan West is right behind at 13.3 points per game, adding 5.5 assists and over two steals per outing. Davis is averaging 12.9 per game and senior forward James Hulbin is contributing 11.1 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.