Lamar looks to stay perfect against Central Arkansas
Jan. 25, 2013
CONWAY, Ark. - Lamar University will look to stay perfect against Central Arkansas in men's basketball when the two teams square off Saturday afternoon in the Farris Center for a Southland Conference battle. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Cardinals are 10-0 all-time against UCA, including taking both conference games last season. Lamar won the first ever meeting 62-50 in Beaumont on Jan. 18, 2007. The Cards lead the series 5-0 in Conway with the most recent contest being a 92-78 win on Jan. 21, 2012, at the Farris Center.
Lamar is just 2-17 on the season and 0-7 in Southland play following Thursday's 91-74 setback at conference newcomer Oral Roberts. UCA is coming off a 103-98 triple overtime home win over McNeese State to improve to 7-10 on the year and 2-5 in the league. The game can be heard live on KLVI 560 AM in the Beaumont area.
Despite Thursday's outcome, several Cardinals played very well. Freshman guard Keilan Blanks came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points which included five 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Donnell Minton added a career-best 17 points and also handed out five assists.
Senior forward Stan Brown matched his career-high with 18 points against the Golden Eagles and also pulled down seven rebounds in the contest. Brown now leads Lamar with per game averages of 10.3 points and 6.6 rebounds.
In the most recent battle with UCA, Lamar led just 30-29 at the half before catching fire in the second half. The Cardinals shot an amazing 24-of-29 (82.8 percent) from the floor in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Charlie Harper had one of his finest efforts as a Cardinal in the game, leading all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Anthony Miles added 22 points and five boards for Lamar, while Mike James finished with 16 points.
Robert Crawford led the Bears with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting which included four 3-pointers. LaQuentin Miles registered 16 points and seven rebounds for UCA.
Lamar comes into the game averaging 58.5 points per game and will be facing one of the top offenses in the Southland Conference. UCA, which averages a league-high 7.8 makes from 3-point range per game, is scoring 78.7 points per game.
Defensively is where both teams have struggled this year. The Cardinals are allowing 76.4 points per game following the 91 they allowed Thursday evening, while UCA is even worse at 79.0 allowed to its opponents.
Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell is second to Brown in scoring for Lamar at 9.5 points per game. However, the 6-foot-5 forward went scoreless at ORU and has managed double-figures in just one of Lamar's seven league games.
Senior guard Donley Minor is posting averages of 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists per game. Minor scored just seven points at ORU, but contributed with five assists, four rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots in the contest.
Three Bears rank among the top 10 in scoring in the Southland with senior forward Jarvis Garner leading the way at 16.5 points per game. Garner, who had 38 points and 15 rebounds Thursday against McNeese, is also pulling down 7.1 rebounds per game to lead the team and rank seventh in the Southland.
Miles is adding 16.0 points and 4.7 assists per game, and is coming off a 25-point, 10-assist effort against the Cowboys. Crawford is accounting for 14.8 points per outing and also leads the Southland in 3-pointers per game at 3.1.