Cards and Lions to battle on Wednesday night

GO CARDINALS <strong>Senior Kendrick Harris is coming off a 19-point effort on Saturday at Nicholls</strong>
Senior Kendrick Harris is coming off a 19-point effort on Saturday at Nicholls

Feb. 1, 2011

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BEAUMONT - Lamar University will look to stop its short two-game losing skid on Wednesday night at 7:05 when Southeastern Louisiana visits the Montagne Center for a Southland Conference basketball game.

The Cardinals and Lions bring identical 3-3 SLC records into the game, with Lamar coming off a 78-71 loss at Nicholls on Saturday and SLU entering after knocking off Northwestern State 93-84 at home. All three of the Lions' conference losses have come on the road.

The game will be broadcast on KLVI 560 AM, the flagship station for Lamar University athletics, and can be seen live on the Lamar Web site at

Wednesday's game will be the 36th meeting between the two schools with Lamar holding a 20-15 series advantage. SLU won last year's only meeting 78-56 in Hammond, but the Cardinals have won the last three games in Beaumont.

Last year's contest was the SLC opener for both schools. SLU led 41-24 at the half as Lamar struggled with its shooting. The Lions had no such troubles, hitting 60.8 percent of their field goal attempts on the way to the victory.

Lamar's Justin Nabors finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while current senior Kendrick Harris added 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Four Lions scored in double-figures, led by Damon Forest with 24 points. Deshawn Patterson dished out 11 assists for the Lions.

The Cardinals continue to lead the SLC in scoring at 86.4 points per game, with much of the scoring coming from long range shooting and offensive rebounding. The Cards are hitting 36.1 percent of their 3-pointers as a team and are making 8.2 per game to rank 28th in the nation.

Lamar is the top rebounding team in the league at 42.9 rebounds per game, with 16.6 coming off the offensive glass. SLU is ninth in the league in rebounds per game at 34.6.

Three Cardinals are scoring in double-figures with three others averaging over nine points per game. Junior Mike James is leading the way at 13.1 points per game, with Harris right behind at 12.1. Harris, who scored 19 on Saturday at Nicholls, is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game in SLC action.

Junior Devon Lamb continues to do a great job on the boards for the Cardinals, averaging 11.8 rebounds per game in the six conference games. For the year, Lamb leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 per game, while also scoring 9.4 points per game.

The Cardinals will continue to be without the services of junior forward Charlie Harper due to a knee injury suffered against McNeese State on Jan. 12. The 6-foot-5 Harper was averaging 9.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game before the injury caused him to miss the last five games.

The Lions are scoring just over 70 points per game, while allowing right at 69. As a team, SLU is shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from 3-point range, and is second in the SLC in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.

Senior guard Trent Hutchin leads the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game and is making 2.6 3-pointers per game to rank second in the SLC. David Ndoumba is second in the league in blocks with 2.1 per game, and is averaging 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.




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