Jan. 7, 2005
Lamar vs. Texas State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - Following Wednesday's loss at Southeastern Louisiana, the Lamar men's basketball team will be looking to get back on track Saturday as the Cardinals host Texas State in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Lamar is 8-4 overall and 0-1 in SLC play following Wednesday's 60-56 loss at Southeastern Louisiana. Texas State (6-6) is also 0-1 in SLC play following Thursday's 69-57 loss at McNeese State. Tonight's game is "Alumni Appreciation Night." All paid members of the Lamar Alumni Association can present their membership card and receive free admission to the game.
The all-time series is tied at 21-21. Lamar is 13-8 against Texas State in games played in Beaumont, 7-13 in San Marcos and 1-0 on a neutral court. The two teams split the season series last year with Texas State winning 82-66 on Jan. 24, 2004 in San Marcos and Lamar winning 82-77 on Feb. 11, 2004 in Beaumont. Texas State has won five of the last eight meetings in the series. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 5-7 vs. Texas State.
Lamar was held to a season-low 56 points in the SLC-opening loss at SLU. Junior Alan Daniels, who entered the game averaging 19.5 points per game, was held to 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. The Cardinals host just 37.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range, but shot an impressive 82.4 percent from the free throw line.
Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 18.8 ppg and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.7 percent from the free throw line. He ranks fourth in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.83), seventh in 3-point percentage (.442), sixth in steals (1.67) and ninth in assists (3.17).
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team and sixth the in the SLC in scoring at 14.3 ppg. He leads the SLC in free throw percentage (.880) and ranks fourth in assists (4.50), fourth in steals (1.75), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.67) and 12th in 3-point percentage (.395).
Junior Thomas Fairley, who led Lamar with 12 points and nine rebounds at SLU, is the only other Cardinals averaging double-figures at 10.6 ppg. He ranks sixth in the SLC in rebounding (7.0) and is second in blocked shots (1.50). Josh Goodwin is fourth in the SLC in rebounding at 7.4 rpg and ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.585).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 81.6 ppg and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from 3-point range and 65.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 42.1 to 37.8 for a plus-4.3 rebound margin.
Anthony Dill, who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds Thursday at McNeese State, leads Texas State in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). He is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. Josh Naylor is second in scoring at 12.2 ppg and Rory Green is third at 10.5 ppg.
Naylor is the team's top 3-point shooter, making 45.2 percent (38-of-84) from long range. He is shooting 76.2 percent from the free throw line and leads the team with 37 assists.
Texas State is averaging 68.2 ppg and is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 65.9 percent from the free throw line.