Feb. 4, 2005
Lamar vs. Texas-San Antonio Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - Winners of three straight games, the Lamar men's basketball team will be looking to extend that streak this Saturday when the Cardinals host Texas-San Antonio in Southland Conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Lamar is 13-6 overall and 5-3 in SLC play, which is tied with Texas-Arlington and Northwestern State for third place in the SLC standings. The Cardinals are coming off an 89-84 win at Northwestern State on Thursday, which snapped a 12-game conference road losing streak.
The first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a rally towel courtesy of game sponsor 5-Point Credit Union. Also, if you attend either the Lamar women's basketball game or the baseball doubleheader with Jackson State, you can bring your ticket stub from that event and receive free admission to the men's basketball game.
It's also the men's basketball player reunion weekend and several of Lamar's all-time great players will be introduced to the crowd at halftime as part of the weekend's festivities. The Cardinal Hall of Honor award winners from Friday's banquet will also be introduced to the crowd at halftime.
UTSA enters Saturday's game with a 9-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in SLC play, which is tied with Stephen F. Austin for sixth place in the league standings. The Roadrunners are coming off a 72-56 home loss to Sam Houston State on Thursday and have lost two straight games.
This will be the 21st meeting between Lamar and UTSA and the series is tied at 10-10. Lamar is 5-3 in games played in Beaumont, 4-6 in San Antonio and 1-1 on a neutral court. The Roadrunners swept the season series last year, winning 95-91 in OT in Beaumont (1/28/04) and 78-72 in San Antonio (3/3/04). UTSA has won the last six meetings and 10 of the last 11 in the series.
Senior Raymond Anthony scored a game-high 25 points and equaled his career-high with eight assists in Lamar's win at Northwestern State. He is averaging 28 points per game in the last two games. He is second on the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg, which ranks seventh in the SLC.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Anthony leads the team and the SLC in three-pointers made per game (3.84), leads the team and ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.37), sixth in 3-point percentage (.409), seventh in steals (1.63), sixth in free throw percentage (.831) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66).
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team in scoring at 18.8 ppg, which ranks second in the SLC. He ranks sixth in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.53), sixth in 3-point percentage (.414), fifth in steals (1.68), 10th in assists (2.95), 14th in field goal percentage (.483) and 14th in rebounding (5.5).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg, which ranks sixth in the SLC. Junior Jason Grant leads the team and ranks fifth in the SLC in blocked shots (1.26) and junior Thomas Fairley is shooting 50.4 percent from the field, which ranks 10th in the SLC.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.2 ppg and in scoring margin at plus-8.7. The Cardinals are shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from 3-point range, which ranks second in the SLC, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Lamar has a plus-2.5 rebound margin.
John Millsap leads UTSA in scoring (14.0 pgp) and rebounding (7.4 rpg), which ranks third in the SLC. Justin Harbert is second at 11.8 ppg and is the team's top 3-point shooter at 44.3 percent (27-of-61). He averaged 28.0 ppg in the two games against Lamar last season. Raphael Posey and Andre Owens are the other two Roadrunners averaging double-figures at 11.8 ppg and 11.4 ppg, respectively.
UTSA is averaging 73.9 ppg and is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from 3-point range and 61.7 percent from the free throw line.