Lamar vs. SE Louisiana Game Notes
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Jan. 18, 2005
BEAUMONT - In putting its two-game winning streak on the line, the Lamar men's basketball will also be looking to avenge its only conference loss when the Cardinals play host to Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar is 10-4 overall and 2-1 in SLC play, which is tied for third in the league standings with Sam Houston State and Texas-San Antonio. The Cardinals are coming off an 87-81 win over McNeese State last Wednesday.
SLU is 11-6 overall and second in the league standings with a 3-1 mark. The Lions dropped their first SLC game of the season, 65-63, at league-leading Northwestern State on Saturday. SLU won the previous meeting, 60-56, on Jan. 5 in Hammond, which was the conference opener for both schools.
This will be the 27th meeting between Lamar and SLU with the Cardinals holding a 16-10 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 10-3 against the Lions in games played in Beaumont, 5-6 in Hammond and 1-1 on a neutral court. SLU has won the last four meetings in the series and Lamar is 6-7 against SLU since returning to the SLC. Lamar's last win in the series was 63-55 on Jan. 4, 2003 in Beaumont.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.1 points per game. He scored 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field in Lamar's win over McNeese State, the third time he as topped the 30-point plateau this season. He has scored in double-figures in 11 of 14 games this season.
A 6-6 forward from Tulsa, Okla., Daniels is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. He ranks fourth in the SLC in 3-point field goal percentage (.429), fifth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.57), sixth in steals (1.64), 12th in assists (2.93) and 19th in rebounding (5.3).
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team in scoring and sixth in the SLC at 14.2 ppg. He also ranks second in the SLC in assists (4.71), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.89), third in steals (2.00), fifth in 3-pointers made (2.79) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.411).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 81.7 ppg and is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-10.1 scoring margin and a plus-3.2 rebound margin.
Ricky Woods leads SLU is scoring at 16.5 ppg, which ranks third in the SLC. He also ranks fourth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.574) and 14th in rebounding (5.6). Nate Lofton is second in scoring at 12.4 ppg and ranks fifth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.545) and sixth in rebounding (6.7). Jonathan Patton, who scored 16 points in the previous meeting with Lamar, is the only other Lion averaging double-figures at 10.8 ppg.
SLU is averaging 64.5 ppg and is shooting a SLC-best 47.2 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Lions lead the SLC and rank among the NCAA leaders in scoring defense, allowing just 56.1 ppg.