Feb. 2, 2005
Lamar vs. Northwestern State Game Notes
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NATCHITOCHES, La. - After winning its last two games, the Lamar men's basketball team will be looking to continue that trend as the Cardinals travel to Northwestern State Thursday for a 7:45 p.m. game in Southland Conference action at Prather Coliseum.
Lamar, who is coming off a 78-62 win over UL-Monroe on Saturday, is 12-6 overall and 4-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals enter tonight's contest ranked fifth in the league standings. Lamar will be looking to claim its first SLC road win of the season.
Northwestern State, who is coming off a 77-65 loss at Sam Houston State on Saturday, are 11-10 overall and 5-2 in SLC play. The Demons are tied for second place with Sam Houston in the league standings. The Demons have lost two straight after opening SLC play with five straight wins. NWLA is a perfect 8-0 at home this season.
This will be the 29th meeting between Lamar and Northwestern State with the Cardinals holding an 18-10 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 14-1 in games played in Beaumont, 3-9 in Natchitoches and 1-0 on a neutral court. The teams split the season series last year with the Demons winning 88-68 in Natchitoches (1/17/04) and the Cardinals winning 110-97 in Beaumont (2/7/04). Lamar has won six of the last seven meetings in the series and is 9-4 against NWLA since returning to the SLC.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game, which ranks second in the SLC. He also ranks sixth in the SLC in 3-point field goal percentage (.406), sixth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.39), sixth in steals (1.67), 14th in field goal percentage (.482) and 16th in rebounding (5.4).
Senior Raymond Anthony, who tied his career-high with 31 points in Saturday's win over UL-Monroe, is second on the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg, which ranks eighth in the SLC. He leads the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.83), and ranks fourth in assists (4.17), fifth in steals (1.72), fifth in free throw percentage (.851), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.53) and seventh in 3-point percentage (.405).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team and ranks sixth in the SLC in rebounding at 6.7 rpg. Junior Jason Grant leads the team and ranks fifth in the SLC in blocked shots at 1.28.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 79.7 ppg and is shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-8.9 scoring margin and a plus-2.3 rebound margin.
Jermaine Wallace leads Northwestern State in scoring at 11.3 ppg, and is the only Demon averaging double-figures. He is shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. Jermaine Spencer is second on the team in scoring at 8.7 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 5.3 rpg. He is shooting 63.9 percent from the field, which ranks second in the SLC.
Northwestern State is averaging 70.9 ppg and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Demons have a plus-1.6 scoring margin and a plus-5.9 rebound margin.