Feb. 3, 2011
UTSA Game Notes
SAN ANTONIO - Lamar will look to get its Southland Conference basketball record back to even on Saturday evening at 7 when the Cardinals take on UTSA from the Convocation Center.
The Southland Conference standings are starting to pile up as UTSA is one of five teams with a 4-3 conference mark and Lamar is one of three teams standing at 3-4. A win would pull the Cardinals (9-12 overall) into a tie with UTSA, and give them the tiebreaker since this is the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this season.
The game will be broadcast on KLVI 560 AM, the flagship station for Lamar University athletics, with long-time play-by-play announcer Dave Hofferth calling the action.
Lamar has had success in San Antonio, owning a 9-7 record all-time against the Roadrunners (11-9) on their home floor. The Cards won last year's meeting at the Convocation Center by a 64-57 score.
Lamar shot 51.0 percent from the floor in that contest, and outrebounded the Roadrunners 38-26. The Cards led 30-29 at the half and took the lead for good on a Coy Custer 3-pointer with 16:26 to play in the game.
Junior Anthony Miles finished with 19 points, while Justin Nabors had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Charlie Harper, who is still out with a knee injury, added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in his homecoming. The junior forward prepped at San Antonio's Madison High School.
Morris Smith IV led the Roadrunners with 19 points, the only UTSA player to score in double-figures. Three other players scored nine.
Lamar continues to lead the SLC in several categories, including carrying the third-ranked national scoring average of 86.4 points per game. The Cards are also the top 3-point shooting team in the league in both percentage (36.7) and makes per game (8.2).
Three Cardinals are scoring at least 11 points per game, and three others are scoring over nine for Lamar's balanced offensive attack. Junior guard Mike James leads the way with 12.8 points per game and senior Kendrick Harris is right behind at 11.9. Miles is scoring 11.0 ppg and is handing out a team-best 4.1 assists per contest.
Junior Devon Lamb Continues to do an outstanding job on the glass, leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. In SLC action, Lamb is leading the league with 11.3 rebounds per game.
The Roadrunners are scoring 70.1 points per game and are last in the SLC in shooting at 42.5 percent as a team.
Senior guard Devin Gibson is one of the most well-rounded players in the conference. The 6-foot Gibson leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg), and his team-best 3.1 steals per game ranks third in the country.
Two other Roadrunners are scoring double-figures. Freshman forward Jeromie Hill is averaging 13.9 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game, while 2010 SLC Freshman of the Year Melvin Johnson III is scoring 13.8 points per contest.