Feb. 11, 2011
Nicholls Game Notes
BEAUMONT - As the second half of the Southland Conference men's basketball race gets going, Lamar University and Nicholls State will battle on Saturday evening at 7 from the Montagne Center in an important contest for both schools.
Lamar is coming off a 70-68 loss at Northwestern State and has lost its last five to fall to 9-14 overall and 3-6 in league play. The Colonels (11-10) are just one game ahead of the Cards in the loss column with a 5-5 SLC record.
The game will be broadcast on KLVI 560 AM, the flagship station for Lamar University athletics, and can be seen live on the Lamar Web site at www.lamarcardinals.com/allaccess.
It will be the 27th meeting between the two schools, and second this season, as the Colonels picked up a 78-71 home win over Lamar on Jan. 29. Lamar leads the all-time series 20-6, including a 13-1 mark in Beaumont.
The first game saw the Cardinals come back from a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 50-48 lead with 8:45 to play in the game. Nicholls scored the next seven points and held on down the stretch for the victory.
Senior Kendrick Harris scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as Lamar made its run. Junior guard Devon Lamb recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Leading scorer Anatoly Bose and Fred Hunter each scored 22 for NSU.
Saturday's game will be a contrast in styles as the Cardinals look to push the tempo and get the score into the 80s, and the Colonels play a half-court game and keep the score low. Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 84.7 points per game, while Nicholls is 11th at 67.1.
The Colonels are last in the conference in rebounding at 28.6 rebounds per game, but are the second best defensive team, allowing just 61.1 points per game. Lamar leads the league in rebounding at 42 rebounds per contest.
Lamar has three double-digit scorers on the season, led by Junior Mike James at 12.4 points per game. Anthony Miles, who leads the team with 4.1 assists per game, is averaging 11.3 ppg, and Harris is at 11.2.
Lamb, who is coming off a 21-point, 11-rebound game at Northwestern State, is averaging 9.6 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game.
Bose leads the SLC in scoring at 21.7 points per game, and has also knocked down 55 3-pointers on the season. Hunter is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, but did not play on Wednesday at Stephen F. Austin with a knee injury.