Jan. 25, 2005
Lamar vs. Nicholls State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - The Lamar men's basketball team will be looking to return to its winning ways Wednesday as the Cardinals host Nicholls State in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Lamar enters the team with a 10-6 overall record and a 2-3 mark in SLC play. The Cardinals are coming off a 70-60 loss at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday and have lost two straight in league play to slip to eighth place in the conference standings.
Nicholls is 6-11 overall and 1-5 in SLC play, which is good for 10th place in the standings. The Colonels are coming off a 90-81 home win over McNeese State on Saturday which snapped a six-game losing streak and gave the Colonels their first league win of the season.
This will be the 17th meeting between Lamar and Nicholls with the Cardinals holding a 14-2 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 9-0 in games played in Beaumont, 4-2 in Thibodaux, La. and 1-0 on a neutral court. Nicholls won last year's meeting, 83-79, on Feb. 19, 2004 in Thibodaux. The Cardinals are 8-2 against Nicholls since returning to the SLC.
The Cardinals shot a season-low 13.3 percent from three-point range in the loss at SFA, and connected on 39.6 percent of its field goals and 53.3 percent from the free throw line. Junior Alan Daniels was the only Lamar player in double-figures with 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
Daniels leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in scoring at 19.0 points per game. He ranks fourth in the SLC in 3-point percentage (.421), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.50), sixth in steals (1.63), 11th in assists (2.81) and 12th in field goal percentage (.500). He has scored in double-figures in 13 of 16 games, including scoring 20 or more nine times.
Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg. He leads the team and ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.38), fourth in steals (1.81), fourth in free throw percentage (.844) and is tied with Daniels for fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.50).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 per game, which ranks sixth in the SLC. He is shooting 55.7 percent from the field and is averaging 6.3 ppg. Junior Jason Grant leads the team with 20 blocked shots, which ranks fifth in the SLC (1.25).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 79.0 ppg, and is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, .364 from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-7.9 scoring margin and a plus-1.9 rebound margin.
Willie Depron leads Nicholls in scoring at 13.8 ppg, and leads the SLC in assists (5.88) and steals (2.41). He is shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. Depron scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had seven steals in last year's meeting.
Stefan Blaszczynski is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg. He scored 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field, including a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range, in Saturday's win over McNeese. Jason Wilkins, who prepped at Evadale HS, is the only other Colonel averaging double-figures at 11.5 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 5.6 rpg.
Nicholls is averaging 72.2 ppg and is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from 3-point range and 72.4 percent from the free throw line, which ranks second in the SLC. The Colonels have a minus-4.4 scoring margin and a minus-2.3 rebound margin.