Feb. 11, 2005
Lamar at Texas-Arlington Game Notes
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ARLINGTON - Following Thursday's heartbreaking loss at Sam Houston State, the Lamar men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Saturday when the Cardinals play a 4 p.m. game at Texas-Arlington in Southland Conference action at Texas Hall.
Lamar, who had its four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday, is 14-7 overall and 6-4 in SLC play. The Cardinals are alone in fourth place in the SLC standings behind Southeastern Louisiana (9-1), Sam Houston (7-2) and Northwestern State (7-3).
UTA, who lost 79-72 at home to Texas-San Antonio on Wednesday, is 10-10 overall and 5-5 in SLC play. The Mavericks are tied with Texas State for seventh place in the SLC standings. UTA has lost two straight games after winning three in a row.
This will be the 64th meeting between Lamar and UTA and the Cardinals have dominated the series, holding a commanding 47-16 advantage. Lamar is 26-5 in games played in Beaumont, 20-10 on The Stage in Arlington and 1-1 on a neutral court.
The Cardinals won the only meeting between the two schools last season, 83-72, in Beaumont (1/31/04). Lamar has won the last four meetings, which snapped a five-game winning streak by UTA. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 6-5 against the Mavericks. Billy Tubbs is 14-1 all-time versus UTA, including a 9-0 mark as the head coach at Lamar.
Senior Raymond Anthony has been carrying the offensive load of late for the Cardinals. The 5-11 guard scored a game-high 23 points at Sam Houston on Thursday and he has scored 20 or more points in three of the last four games. Over the last four games, Anthony is averaging 22 points per game.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 15 ppg, which ranks sixth in the SLC in scoring. He ranks third in the SLC in assists (4.24), third in three-point field goals made per game (2.76), seventh in steals (1.67), 11th in 3-point percentage (.400) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48).
Junior Jeremy Long has also stepped up his game. A 6-3 guard from Beaumont-West Brook HS, Long is averaging 12.5 ppg and 5.3 assists per game, and is shooting 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line over the last four games.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in scoring at 18.5 ppg. He ranks fifth in 3-pointer per game (2.43), sixth in steals (1.71), 10th in 3-point percentage (.402), 12th in assists (3.00), 14th in rebounding (5.5) and 14th in field goal percentage (.478).
Junior Josh Goodwin leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 rpg, which ranks sixth in the SLC. Junior Thomas Fairley is seventh in the SLC in rebounding at 6.4 rpg, buoyed by his 18-rebound game at Sam Houston. Junior Jason Grant leads the team and ranks fourth in the SLC in blocked shots at 1.48.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.6 ppg and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range, which ranks second in the SLC, and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-8.6 scoring margin and a plus-2.6 rebound margin.
Steven Thomas leads UTA and the SLC in scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg). He also leads the SLC in field goal percentage (.631) and is shooting 74.1 percent from the free throw line.
Jarrett Howell is the only other Maverick averaging double-figures at 12.9 ppg. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. He leads the SLC in 3-point field goal percentage (.542), hitting 32-of-59 attempts from behind the arc.
UTA is averaging 71.3 ppg and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, which ranks second in the SLC, 36.6 percent from 3-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs have a minus-2.6 scoring margin and a plus-0.6 rebound margin.