Banner celebration set for Saturday
Feb. 14, 2013
BEAUMONT - Not only will Lamar University look to keep its Southland Conference Basketball Tournament hopes alive when it faces rival McNeese State on Saturday evening, but the Cardinals will also be celebrating last season's outstanding achievements prior to the contest.
Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from the Montagne Center. Following the women's 4 p.m. game, Lamar will hang a pair of banners from the rafters and hand out rings to players and staff. Lamar, which defeated McNeese State 70-49 in the championship game of the 2012 Southland Tournament, will unveil its conference tournament championship banner as well as a 2012 NCAA Tournament banner.
The game will be aired lived on KLVI 560 AM with Dave Hofferth providing the play-by-play and will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN) with Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Perry Clark (analyst) working the contest.
It is also Alumni Night with all Lamar University alumni receiving half-price admission based on the men's game-ticket price, which covers admission to both games. Discount tickets will be available only through 5 p.m. Friday. Additional information is available at the Office of Alumni Affairs, (409) 880-8921 or at Alumni@Lamar.edu.
With six league games to play, the Cardinals stand in 10th place with a 1-11 conference record. The top eight teams will earn a berth in the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament which begins March 13. At 9-13 overall and 3-9 in Southland place, McNeese State stands alone in eighth place heading into the contest.
Lamar (3-21 overall) is coming off a split of its most recent road trip, knocking off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67-63 before falling 78-40 at Sam Houston State last Saturday. The Cardinals, who played their first 11 games of the season on the road, will be playing just their seventh home game of the year.
This will be the 94th meeting between the two schools since 1951-52 when Lamar became a four-year institution, making the Cowboys the most common LU opponent in men's basketball. Lamar, which lost this season's first meeting 74-50 at McNeese on Jan. 19, leads 50-43 in the series. The Cardinals hold a 34-11 series advantage in Beaumont which includes a 78-68 win in the Montagne Center last season.
Lamar held a 31-23 halftime lead in this season's first contest before McNeese State found its shooting touch. The Cowboys shot 20-of-31 from the floor in the second half while limiting the Cardinals to just five second half field goals.
Craig McFerrin came off the McNeese bench to hit 8-of-9 shots for a game-high 18 points. Kevin Hardy added 13 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals, while Austin Lewis led everybody with 10 rebounds.
The Cardinals are averaging 58.0 points per game on the season as compared to the Cowboys at 65.7 per contest. McNeese State, which is second in the Southland in blocks per game (5.0), is allowing 70 points per game on defense. Lamar is giving up just over 76.
Brown is posting 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to lead the Cardinals in both categories. The 6-foot-8 forward, who has been the most consistent Cardinal all year, is averaging 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over the last five contests.
Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell is adding 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Minor is posting 8.9 points and a team-best 3.3 assists per game.
The Cowboys have a pair of double-figure scorers in senior guard Dontae Cannon (11.9 ppg) and sophomore forward Desharick Guidry (11.7 ppg). Guidry also leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 per game which ranks fourth in the league. Hardy is adding 9.3 points per game and leads the team with 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest.
For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit http://www.lamarcardinals.com/tickets/mhoops-tickets.html.