Jan. 13, 2011
UT Arlington Game Notes
ARLINGTON - Lamar University will look to bounce back from a disappointing two-point home loss to McNeese State on Wednesday as the Cardinals travel to Texas Hall to take on UT Arlington in Southland Conference basketball action on Saturday night at 7.
The game will be broadcast live on Lamar Athletics' flagship station, KLVI 560 AM, with Dave Hofferth providing the play-by-play for the 33rd consecutive season.
Lamar and UTA carry identical overall and SLC records into Saturday's contest, 7-8 and 1-1. The two teams split a pair of meetings last year, with the Cardinals winning 71-68 in Beaumont and the Mavs winning 75-71 in Texas Hall. This will be the only regular season meeting between the two teams this season.
The Cardinals have had good success against the Mavs, leading the all-time series 52-21 and holding a 21-14 series advantage in Arlington. LU has lost the past four games in Arlington, however, with the last victory coming by an 85-66 score on Feb. 12, 2005.
UTA won the most recent meeting 75-71 after trailing 34-28 at the half. The Mavs shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half in securing the home victory. Lamar did a good job on the boards, outrebounding UTA 48-31, but shot just 35.9 percent in taking the loss.
Justin Nabors finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Lamar, while current senior Coy Custer added 14 points and 11 boards. Anthony Miles added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Mavs got 21 points and six assists from Marquez Haynes, a 2010 honorable mention AP All-America. Brandon Long and Tommy Moffitt scored 16 points each for UTA.
Mike James, who leads Lamar in scoring at 15.3 points per game, had a tough outing in the loss to McNeese. The 6-foot-1 guard managed just four points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 aim from the free throw line.
James is one of two double-figure scorers on the third-best scoring team in the country. Senior guard Kendrick Harris is averaging 11.7 points per game for the Cardinals who boast an 88.7 points per game average.
Lamar leads the SLC in 3-point accuracy at 36.4 percent and in 3-pointers made per game at 7.9. This is a big turnaround from last season when the Cardinals ranked 12th out of 12 in both categories.
LaMarcus Reed leads the Maverick offense, which is averaging 69.7 points per game, in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Junior transfer Bo Ingram, who scored 28 points in UTA's 68-58 victory over Sam Houston State on Wednesday, is averaging 10.7 points per contest.
UTA is second in the SLC in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the floor. The Mavs also rank second in the SLC in free throw shooting at 72.7 percent.