Jan. 11, 2005
Lamar vs. McNeese State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - Following Saturday's win over Texas State, Lamar is looking to extend its winning streak as the Cardinals host long-time rival McNeese State Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar enters the game with a 9-4 overall record and a 1-1 mark in SLC play. The Cardinals are coming off a 78-73 home win over Texas State on Saturday. Lamar closes out its three-game home stand next Wednesday when Southeastern Louisiana comes to town.
McNeese is 7-6 overall and 2-0 in SLC play following Saturday's 65-64 win over Louisiana-Monroe. The Cowboys, who have won three straight games, are in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with SLU and Northwestern State.
This will be the 79th meeting between Lamar and McNeese, and the only meeting between the two schools this season, with the Cardinals holding a 44-34 advantage. Lamar is 29-9 in games played in Beaumont, 14-25 in Lake Charles and 1-0 on a neutral court.
McNeese won the only meeting last season, 77-72, on Feb. 14, 2004 in Lake Charles. The Cowboys have won six of the last seven meetings in the series. Lamar's last win was 68-65 on Feb. 3, 2003 in Beaumont.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 18.3 points per game. He also ranks among the SLC leaders in several categories, including seventh in steals (1.62), seventh three-point percentage (.438), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.69), 13th in field goal percentage (.497), 13th in blocked shots (0.77) and 13th in assists-to-turnover ratio (1.11).
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team and fifth in the SLC in scoring at 14.6 ppg. He also leads the SLC in free throw percentage (.880) and ranks fourth in assists (4.62), fourth in steals (1.92), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.92), eighth in 3-point percentage (.422) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.94).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team and ranks fourth in the SLC in rebounding at 7.8 rpg. He is averaging 7.2 ppg and ranks eighth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.556).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 83.1 ppg and has a plus-10.5 scoring margin. The Cardinals are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. Lamar is outrebounding its opponent 41.8 to 38.8 for a plus-3.0 margin.
Edward Garriet, who prepped at Beaumont-Central HS, leads McNeese in scoring at 12.8 ppg and is the only Cowboy averaging double-figures. He is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and is the team's top 3-point shooter at 45.3 percent (39-of-86).
J.T. Williams, who is the reigning SLC player of the week, is the second leading scorer at 9.8 ppg. Bryce May leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 rpg and John Ford is tops on the team with 42 assists.
McNeese is averaging 76 ppg and is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Cowboys have a plus-5.8 scoring margin and are outrebounding their opponents 36.8 to 32.8 for a plus-4.0 margin.