Jan. 21, 2005
Lamar vs. Stephen F. Austin Game Notes
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NACOGDOCHES - The Lamar men's basketball team will be looking for its first South Conference road win of the season Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Stephen F. Austin for a 6:35 p.m. at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Lamar, who dropped a 66-60 decision to Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, is 10-5 overall and 2-2 in SLC play. SFA, who is coming off an 85-67 win at Nicholls State on Wednesday, is 8-7 overall and 2-2 in SLC play. Lamar and SFA are currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings.
This will be the 41st meeting between Lamar and SFA, and only contest this season, with the Cardinals holding a 22-18 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 15-7 in games played in Beaumont and 7-11 in Nacogdoches. The Cardinals won the only meeting between the two schools last season, 63-60, on Feb. 25, 2004 in Beaumont. Lamar has won 13 of the last 16 meetings in the series. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 9-3 against SFA.
Junior Alan Daniels continues to lead the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.2 points per game. He scored a game-high 20 points in Wednesday's loss to SLU, which was the ninth game this season in which he has scored 20 or more points. He has scored in double-figures in 12 of 15 games this season.
A native of Tulsa, Daniels ranks second in the SLC in three-point percentage (.443), fourth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.60), eighth in steals (1.53), 11th in assists (2.93), 12th in field goal percentage (.521) and 13th in blocked shots (0.73).
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team and ninth in the SLC in scoring at 13.5 ppg. He ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.60), fourth in steals (1.93), fourth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.60) and 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.394). Josh Goodwin leads the team and ranks fourth in the SLC in rebounding at 7.0 rpg.
Anthony scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and grabbed seven rebounds in last year's meeting with SFA. Blake Whittle added 17 points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.3 ppg and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from 3-point range and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a league-best plus-9.1 scoring margin and a plus-2.7 rebound margin.
Marcus Clark, who scored a career-high 29 points in Wednesday's win at Nicholls State, leads SFA in scoring at 15.3 ppg. He is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and a league-best 87.4 percent from the free throw line. He had six points and five assists in last year's game.
Josh Porter is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 ppg. He is shooting 44 percent from the field and is the team's top 3-point shooter at 43.7 percent. Anthony Paez is the only other Lumberjack averaging double-figures at 11.5 ppg. Hank Rivers, who had nine points and nine rebounds in last year's meeting, leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 rpg.
SFA is averaging 70.1 ppg and is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, a league-best 40.4 percent from 3-pont range and 74.9 percent from the free throw line, which also leads the SLC. The Lumberjacks have a plus-7.7 scoring margin and a plus-6.8 rebound margin.