Cardinals Head to New Orleans

GO CARDINALS Lamar travels to New Orleans
Lamar travels to New Orleans

Jan. 14, 2014


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The Last Meeting
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November 28, 2007
New Orleans, La.
Nwevo's Career-High Not Enough as Cardinals Fall at New Orleans, 76-65
Lawrence Nwevo set a new career scoring high and Kenny Dawkins scored a team-high 18 points, but the Cardinals valiant comeback attempt fell short in Wednesday's 76-65 loss at New Orleans in non-conference men's basketball action at the HP Center.

After a disappointing two-game homestand that saw the Cardinals drop games to Southland Conference foes Nicholls State and McNeese State, Lamar (1-15/0-4 SLC) now turns its attention to New Orleans. The Privateers are currently in a two-way tie for 10th in the conference standings with a 4-8 overall record, and a 1-3 league mark. UNO has dropped four of its last five games, and is coming off a 77-58 setback against Incarnate Word.

Lamar will step on the floor at Lakefront Arena looking to get out to a better start than what it had the last time out. The Cardinals knocked down only six shots (24 percent) in the opening against McNeese State Saturday, and was never able to recover.

Lamar is facing a UNO squad that has averaged 85 points per game in its four wins, but it's a much different story in the team's eight losses. During their setbacks, the Privateers have been held to 64 points per game.

New Orleans' offense is led by senior Cory Dixon. The Argyle, Texas native, leads the team averaging 15 points per game, and is the lone Privateer in double figures. One of seven transfers on the UNO roster, Dixon has experience in the Southland Conference having signed with Northwestern State out of high school.

Shooting better than 40 percent from the field, the Privateers are also one of the league's better rebounding teams. UNO is second in the Southland pulling down just under 40 rebounds per contest, and is currently fourth in the league in rebound margin. Dixon also leads the team pulling down just under nine boards per game.

The Cardinals still have four players averaging 9.9 points, or better, on the season, led by junior Nimrod Hilliard's 15.6 per game. LU is looking for more production from its bench. In the past two games Lamar's reserves have been outscored, 56-7, and were held scoreless against Nicholls State.

In addition to Hilliard, sophomore Rhon Mitchell and junior Anthony Holliday are becoming more consistent scorers for Lamar. Mitchell has hit double figures in each of the past two games, including a game-high 18 against McNeese State, while Holliday has scored in double figures three times in the past six games and is averaging just under 10 points per game during that stretch.

Taking care of the basketball will play a huge part in deciding the outcome of Thursday's game. UNO ranks near the bottom of the league in turnovers, and assist to turnover ratio, while the Cardinals have been burned by turnovers in key situations. The Cardinals did a good job of cutting down on the turnovers in the past two games but paid the price against McNeese State being outscored, 18-4, in points off turnovers.

Thursday's game is slated to tip off at 7:45 p.m. from Lakefront Arena and will be the first game against UNO since the 2007-08 season. The Cards will look to hang a victory against a team they haven't found much success against throughout their history. Lamar is 6-23 (.207) all-time against the Privateers.




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