Jan. 17, 2014
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HAMMOND, La. -
Although the game was a lot closer than the final score would indicate, Lamar is forced to put the setback at New Orleans behind them as they prepare for a dangerous Southeastern Louisiana team (7-9/2-3 SLC). The Lions have won 2-of-the-last-3 but are coming off an eight-point setback to Sam Houston State Thursday night. The loss to the Bearkats was only the team's second loss at home this season.
The Lions enter Saturday's contest as a team that likes to light up the scoreboard from beyond the three-point arc. The Lions are third in the conference putting up more than 20 three-point attempts per game and have four players who have hit at least 14 triples this season. JaMichael Hawkins is one of two Lions averaging in double figures, leading the team at 13.5 points per game. The 6-4 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College transfer is only shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc in the first half of the 2013-14 season, but was among the NJCAA's best last season knocking down better than 40 percent of his triples.
In addition to getting a hand in the face of the SLU sharp-shooters, the Cardinals will also have to take better care of the basketball. Over the course of the team's last five games Lamar is averaging 17 turnovers, which opponents have converted into 23 points. The flip side of that coin is Lamar has forced opponents into 11.4 turnovers during that stretch, but is averaging less than 10 points off those extra possessions.
The Cardinals enter Saturday's contest sporting four players averaging double-digit scoring, led by junior Nimrod Hilliard. The Madison, Wis. native is among the league's top eight averaging better than 15 points per game. He is joined by senior Amos Wilson (11.8 ppg), sophomore Rhon Mitchell (10.5 ppg) and junior Donovan Ross (10.1 ppg). The Cardinals are averaging nearly 68 points per game, but defensively have surrendered 80.
Following Saturday's contest in Hammond, the Cardinals will continue their four-game conference road swing when they travel to Abilene, Texas to take on Abilene Christian. The game against ACU will tip off at 7:30 p.m.