Jan. 28, 2005
Lamar vs. UL-Monroe Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - On the heels of Wednesday's 18-point win over Nicholls State, the Lamar men's basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Saturday night at 7 p.m. when Louisiana-Monroe visits the Montagne Center in Southland Conference action.
Saturday's game is Academy Little Dribblers Night at the Montagne Center. All little dribblers in uniform will be admitted to the game free. In addition, the first 500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a free T-shirt compliments of Academy Sports and Outdoors.
Lamar, who snapped its two-game losing streak with a 92-74 win over Nicholls State on Wednesday, is 11-6 overall and 3-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals are tied with Stephen F. Austin for sixth place in the league standings. Lamar has won seven of its last 10 games.
UL-Monroe is coming off a 74-56 loss at Sam Houston State on Thursday and is 6-11 overall and 0-6 in SLC play. The Indians, who are last in the conference standings, have lost seven straight games. In his 24th season at ULM, Mike Vining (399-294) will be making his eighth attempt to win his 400th career game.
This will be the 47th meeting between Lamar and UL-Monroe and the Indians hold a slim 24-22 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 12-9 in games played in Beaumont, 9-15 in Monroe, La. and 1-0 on a neutral court. ULM won both meetings last season, 82-64 in Monroe (1/15/04) and 77-65 in Beaumont (2/28/04), and has won seven of the last eight in the series.
Junior Alan Daniels leads Lamar in scoring at 19.0 points per game, which ranks second in the SLC. Daniels also ranks third in the SLC in three-point percentage (.421), sixth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.47), sixth in steals (1.59), 11th in assists (2.82), 12th in field goal percentage (.496) and 19th in rebounding (5.4).
Senior Raymond Anthony is the only other Cardinal averaging double-figures at 13.2 ppg, which ranks 10th in the SLC. He also ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.24), fifth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.53), fifth in steals (1.76), sixth in assist-to-turnover ration (1.57) and 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.387).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team and ranks seventh in the SLC in rebounding at 6.7 rpg. Junior Jason Grant leads the team and ranks fourth in blocked shots (1.35).
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 79.8 ppg and is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-8.5 scoring margin and a plus-2.4 rebound margin.
Cecil Hood, who scored a game-high 22 points in Thursday's loss at Sam Houston, leads ULM in scoring at 11.3 ppg and is the only Indian averaging double-figures. Hood is shooting 52.4 percent from the field and leads the team with 38 assists. DeAndre Alexander is averaging 9.9 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 rpg, which ranks third in the SLC.
ULM is averaging 66.2 ppg and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The Indians have a minus-4.4 scoring margin and a plus-3.1 rebound margin.