Feb. 7, 2007
Lamar Men's Basketball Game Notes at Texas-Arlington
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ARLINGTON - Lamar University, who is coming off a loss at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, closes out its two-game road trip Thursday when the Cardinals play at Texas-Arlington in Southland Conference men's basketball action. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on "The Stage" at Texas Hall.
Lamar, who has lost five of its last seven games, is 9-13 overall and 3-5 in SLC play. The Cardinals are tied with McNeese State for third place in the SLC East Division. The top two teams from each division and the next four best records will comprise the field for the eight-team SLC Tournament March 8-11 at the Campbell Center in Houston.
UTA, who has won three of its last four games, is 8-14 overall and 3-6 in SLC play. The Mavericks are coming off a 110-103 win at Texas State on Saturday. UTA is tied with the Bobcats for fourth place in the SLC West Division standings.
This will be the 67th meeting between Lamar and UTA with the Cardinals holding a 49-17 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 27-5 in games played in Beaumont, 21-11 in Arlington and 1-1 on a neutral court. This will be the only regular season meeting between the two schools this season.
The Cardinals and Mavericks split the season series last year with Lamar winning 93-89 on Jan. 14, 2006 in Beaumont and UTA winning 75-73 on Feb. 18, 2006 in Arlington. That snapped a six-game winning streak in the series by the Cardinals.
Lamar hopes to be buoyed by the return of 7-1 center James Davis, who has been suspended for violation of team rules since Jan. 31. He has missed the past three games, the first of which at McNeese State was due to injury.
A junior from Minneapolis, Minn., Davis leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in scoring at 16.7 ppg and is second in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. He is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free throw line, and leads the team with 25 blocked shots.
Junior Darren Hopkins is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 ppg, which ranks 16th in the SLC, and is averaging 4.1 rpg. He ranks third in the SLC in 3-point field goal percentage (.463) and sixth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.27).
Junior Lamar Sanders, who recorded his team-best eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds at Southeastern Louisiana Saturday, is averaging 11.5 ppg and leads the team and the SLC in rebounding at 9.8 rpg. He ranks eighth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.565), 10th in assists (3.32), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.40) and 13th in blocked shots (0.73).
Lamar is averaging 70 ppg, which ranks sixth in the SLC, and is shooting 41.5 percent from the field (7th in SLC), 37.6 percent from 3-point range (2nd in SLC) and 62.7 percent from the free throw line (11th in SLC). The Cardinals have a minus-4.1 scoring margin (8th in SLC), a plus-0.5 rebound margin (6th in SLC) and a minus-2.68 turnover margin (12th in SLC).
Jermaine Griffin leads UTA in scoring at 14.0 ppg and in rebounding at 7.3 rpg, which ranks sixth in the SLC. He ranks second in the SLC in field goal percentage at .637. Anthony Vereen is second on the team in scoring at 11.2 ppg and is shooting 58 percent from the field and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. Ro'ger Guignard is the only other Maverick averaging double-figures at 10.2 ppg.
UTA is averaging 74 ppg, which ranks fifth in the SLC, and is shooting 47.l percent from the field (3rd in SLC), 34.7 percent from 3-point range (8th in SLC) and 67.5 percent from the free throw line (7th in SLC). The Mavericks have a minus-3.9 scoring margin (7th in SLC), a plus-0.1 rebound margin (7th in SLC) and a minus-2.64 turnover margin (11th in SLC).