Rivalry Game Takes Center Stage on Military Appreciation Night

GO CARDINALS Lamar hosts McNeese State for Military Appreciation Day
Lamar hosts McNeese State for Military Appreciation Day

Jan. 10, 2014


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The Lamar Cardinals will close out a brief two-game homestand Saturday when they tip off against McNeese State (4-11/2-1 SLC) at 6 p.m. in the Montagne Center. The Cardinals (1-14/0-3 SLC) will be looking to put an end to an 11-game skid, while the Cowboys have dropped eight of their last 10 games, despite having a small two-game Southland win streak snapped against Sam Houston State Thursday evening. The Cowboys are currently in a two-way tie for fourth in the Southland standings only two games ahead of Lamar.

Led by junior Nimrod Hilliard, who extended his streak of double-figure scoring games to 15 Thursday, Lamar is coming unique outing against Nicholls State. Hilliard was one of five Cardinal players to reach double-digits against the Colonels, but those five players were the only five Cardinals to score in the game. It was the first time since the 2012-13 season-finale that Lamar had five players in double figures. LU's reserves were outscored 21-0 by the Nicholls State bench.

In addition to Hilliard, classmate Anthony Holliday is starting to show signs of snapping out of his early season slump. After scoring 13 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the first nine games of the season, Holliday has come to life in the team's last five. He has hit double figures in each of the past three games and is averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists during that stretch.

Ledrick Eackles leads a McNeese State team that is averaging 64.7 points per game. Eackles is one of two Cowboys averaging in double figures (15.5 ppg), but in the team's three Southland games he has stepped up his game averaging nearly 20.7 per game. Although the Cowboys rank near the bottom of the conference in scoring offense, those numbers have been skewed by their tough non-conference schedule which consisted of games against Michigan State, SMU, Texas A&M, San Diego State and LSU.

Rebounds will be key in Saturday's game as both teams enter the contest ranked near the bottom of the Southland in that area. The Cardinals are averaging 31.5 rebounds per game, while the Cowboys are last the SLC in rebound margin (-6.8).

Saturday's game will also serve as Military Appreciation Night where all military personnel receive free admission with a valid ID. Fans attending the doubleheader will receive a free koozie, courtesy of Philpott Motors.




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