Feb. 9, 2005
Lamar at Sam Houston State Game Notes
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HUNTSVILLE - Lamar, winners of four straight, begins a critical two-game road trip Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. game at Sam Houston State in Southland Conference action at Johnson Coliseum.
Lamar is 14-6 overall and 6-3 in SLC play, which is tied with Northwestern State for third place in the league standings. The Cardinals, who play at Texas-Arlington on Saturday, are coming off an 85-68 home win over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. Lamar has won four straight and 10 of its last 13 games.
Sam Houston is 12-8 overall and 6-2 in SLC play, which is good for second place behind league-leader Southeastern Louisiana (8-1). The Bearkats, who were off last Saturday, won 72-56 at UTSA in their last outing. Sam Houston is riding a three-game winning streak.
This will be the 43rd meeting between Lamar and Sam Houston with the Cardinals holding a 25-17 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 18-4 in games played in Beaumont, 7-12 in Huntsville and 0-1 on a neutral court. The two teams split the season series last year with each winning at home.
Junior Jeremy Long and senior Raymond Anthony have been Lamar's top two players over the last few games. Long scored a season-high 19 points in the Cardinals win over UTSA on Saturday. He also dished out a season-high nine assists in a win over UL-Monroe three games ago. Long is averaging 6.7 points and 2.8 assists per game.
Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg, but is averaging 20 ppg over the last four games. He leads the team and ranks third in the SLC in three-pointers made per game at 2.75, and ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.25), fourth in free throw percentage (.843), seventh in steals (1.60), fifth in assist-to-turnover ration (1.57) and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (.401).
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in scoring at 18.7 ppg. He ranks 14th in the SLC in rebounding (5.5), 13th in field goal percentage (.478), fifth in steals (1.75), 12th in assists (2.85), seventh in 3-point field goals made per game (2.45) and 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.402).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team and ranks seventh in the SLC in rebounding at 6.5 rpg, and is averaging 6.4 ppg. Junior Jason Grant leads the team and ranks fifth in the SLC in blocked shots at 1.35, and is averaging 6.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.4 ppg, and is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from 3-point range and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are second in the SLC in scoring margin at plus-9.1 and fourth in rebound margin at plus-4.2.
Joe Thompson leads Sam Houston in scoring at 14.9 ppg, which ranks fifth in the SLC. He is second don the team with 60 assists and leads the team with 29 steals. He is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range. Chris Jordan is the only other Bearkat averaging double-figures at 10 ppg. He is shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the free throw line.
Sam Houston is averaging 73.2 ppg, and is shooting 46.1 percent, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 61.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bearkats have a plus-7.2 scoring margin and a plus-1.1 rebound margin.