Jan. 11, 2008
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Second Season Begins Saturday
With the 13-game non-conference schedule in the
rear-view mirror, Lamar opens Southland Conference
play on Saturday against UTSA at the Montagne
Center. The game is also the SLC-opener for UTSA.
Lamar-UTSA Series History
Tonight marks the 26th all-time meeting with UTSA
as the Cardinals lead 15-10 overall and 6-3 in
Beaumont. Lamar won last year's meeting, 71-59, in
San Antonio on Jan. 6. Overall, the Cardinals have
won the last five in the series after dropping 10 of the
previous 11. That stretch followed the first nine
games in the teams' history in which LU came out on
top in every game. This will be the first game in
Beaumont since Feb. 5, 2005, ending a string of four
straight in San Antonio.
Cardinals In Conference Openers
Lamar is 35-21 all-time in conference openers with a
21-4 mark in openers at home. The Cardinals are 21-
12 as a Southland Conference member and 10-3 in
Beaumont. Since rejoining the SLC in 1999-00, the
Cardinals are 3-5 with a 2-1 mark in the Montagne
14-Point Comeback Win Best Under Roc
Lamar's 14-point come-from-behind win over Utah
Valley State on Tuesday marked the largest margin
overcome to win a game under second-year coach
Steve Roccaforte. The Cardinals trailed 60-46 with
12:33 to play before a 23-4 outburst propelled them
to their fifth-consecutive home win. Since the 1999-
2000 season, it is the sixth-largest deficit a Lamar
team has come back from and won the game.
The Roadrunners enter the weekend with a 6-7
record. After starting the season 4-1, they have lost
six of their last eight and are 0-6 on the road.
Travis Gabbidon leads three players who average
double-figures in scoring with his 14.2 ppg and is
coming off a 31-point performance against UT-Pan
American on Tuesday. Devin Gibson is scoring 11.8
ppg and Joey Shank adds 10.9 ppg. Shank ranks second
in the Southland with 2.85 3-pointers made per
As a team, UTSA averages 64.8 ppg on 42.5 percent
shooting. They lead the SLC in steals with 9.69
spg, just ahead of Lamar's 9.62 spg. Like the
Cardinals, the Roadrunners force their opponents
into a lot of mistakes. UTSA's opposition is averaging
20 turnovers a contest while Lamar's are turning
it over 19.8 times on average.
Who's It Going To Be Tonight?
Over the course of the season, nine different players
have recorded at least one double-figure scoring
game. That is the most of any Southland school and
the eighth-most in the NCAA.
SE Missouri State 10
Cardinal Glass Cleaning Company
One reason for the improved play over the last seven
games has been Lamar's ability to attack the offensive
glass and get second-chance opportunities. On
the year, the Cardinals are fourth in the SLC with
13.8 offensive rebounds per game, but over the past
seven contests are pulling down 15.7 a night. In the
last four games, Lamar has outscored its opponents
50-18 in second-chance points.
The Magic Number is... 70
Lamar is 6-2 this season when scoring at least 70
points and 6-2 when holding its opponents under 70.
The Cardinals are now 20-7 in two seasons under
coach Steve Roccaforte when reaching the 70-point
Lamar In The NCAA Rankings
Lamar enters the UTSA contest ranked in the top 60
in three categories: scoring offense-37th, assists per
game-60th and steals per game-43rd. Additionally,
Kenny Dawkins ranks 42nd in free throw percentage
at 86.4 pct.
Non-Conference Numbers Under Roccaforte
With the Southland season upon us we can report
that Lamar is 12-15 in non-conference games under
head coach Steve Roccaforte, with a 6-7 mark in
The Cardinals have lost seven games this season but
four have been especially agonizing for the LU faithful.
In losses to Wyoming (75-71), Oral Roberts (65-
57) and at Northern Illinois (65-63), Lamar was
unable to maintain second-half leads in each contest.
LU led Wyoming by 12 with 18:03 left and by 5
with 5:36 left; five days later against ORU the Cards
had an 11-point lead in the first half and led 49-48
with 7:41 to play before being surrendering 11-consecutive
points over the next 3:41; and after taking a
13-point lead on NIU with 16:54 remaining, LU was
outscored 29-14 the rest of the way as the Huskies
second-chance tip-in at the buzzer proved to be the
difference. The Cardinals nearly pulled off a big
upset last Tuesday at Texas Tech when the game was
tied at 77 with 1:20 to play. But following a pair of
Tech free throws with 22.5 seconds to play, Brandon
McThay's 3-point attempt rimmed out as time