Lamar Set for Showdown with the Demons

Cardinals prepare for conference tilt against Northwestern State.

Cardinals prepare for conference tilt against Northwestern State.

Feb. 14, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - With only six games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, the Lamar men's basketball team returns to the court Saturday to face the up-tempo offense of Northwestern State. The Cardinals (3-21/2-10 SLC) enter the contest looking to put an end to a three-game slide, against a Demons squad that has won six of their last seven games to move back into the Southland Conference, but are coming off a three-point setback at Sam Houston State, 67-64.

The Last Meeting
Northwestern State99
January 4, 2014
Natchitoches, La.
Demons Overpower Lamar
Junior Nimrod Hilliard scored a career-high 29 points, and extended his double-figure scoring streak to 14 games, but Northwestern State never trailed Saturday afternoon defeating Lamar, 99-85. The loss drops Lamar to 1-13 on the season and 0-2 in Southland Conference play, while the Demons improved to 5-8 overall and 1-1 in league action.

The game against Sam Houston was billed as an offensive showdown, but the Demons were held to their second-lowest output of the season. Northwestern State enters the day as the SLC's top ranked offense (86.3 ppg), and the Cardinals have seen firsthand how explosive the Demons can be recording a 99-85 decision in Natchitoches in the first meeting between two schools.

Although the Demons lead the league in scoring, they have struggled at times defensively. Northwestern State enters Saturday's showdown against Lamar ranked last in the conference giving up better than 85 points per game.

The Cardinals' offense has struggled to get in rhythm over the course of the past four games averaging fewer than 60 points during, but seems to coming out of its slump. The Cardinals are coming off one of the better shooting performances of the season (52 percent against Stephen F. Austin) and connected on 39-of-71 (.549) attempts in the last 60 minutes of game time.

Both teams enter the game led by four players in double figures. The Cardinals have been led by junior Nimrod Hilliard all season. The Madison, Wis. native is currently 11th in the league averaging 14.2 points per game, while senior Amos Wilson, junior Donovan Ross and sophomore Rhon Mitchell are scoring just under 10 a game. Mitchell has been the team's leading scorer in the past two games averaging 17 points per contest.

Sophomore Jalan West paces the Demons' attack averaging 19 point per game. He is currently ranked third in the league in scoring, and tops in the conference in assists.

The Lamar men will step on the court following the conclusion of the Lady Cardinals game against Northwestern State. The game against the Demons is slated to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game, and will not begin prior to 6 p.m.




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