Feb. 15, 2005
Lamar vs. Northwestern State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - Winners in five of its last six games, the Lamar men's basketball team hosts Northwestern State Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a crucial Southland Conference contest at the Montagne Center as the race for the league title hits the home stretch.
All tickets for Wednesday's game will be $5. The first 700 fans through the turnstiles will receive a complimentary Koozie courtesy of game sponsor Mobiloil Federal Credit Union.
Lamar is 15-7 overall and 7-4 in SLC play. The Cardinals are alone in fourth place in the conference standings, just two games behind league-leader Southeastern Louisiana (9-2). Lamar is coming off an 85-66 road win at Texas-Arlington on Saturday.
Northwestern State is coming off an 88-71 home win over UL-Monroe on Saturday. Since losing to the Cardinals 13 days ago, the Demons have won three straight games. NWLA is 14-11 overall and 8-3 in SLC play, which has the Demons in third place in the SLC standings and one-game behind SLU.
This will be the 30th meeting between Lamar and NWLA with the Cardinals holding a 19-10 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 14-1 in games played in Beaumont, including a 9-0 record in the Montagne Center, 4-9 in Natchitoches, La. and 1-0 on a neutral court. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 10-4 against the Demons.
Lamar won the earlier meeting this season, 89-84, on Feb. 3 in Natchitoches. That game featured five ties and four lead changes. Lamar shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the field for the game, including 73.1 percent in the second half, and 50 percent from three-point range. Raymond Anthony led Lamar with 25 points and Alan Daniels added 21.
Jermaine Wallace scored 25 points to lead NWLA, and Clifton Lee added 11 and Byron Allen 10. NWLA shot 44.4 percent from the field and was outrebounded 37 to 32 by the Cardinals.
Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.1 ppg, and is shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg, which ranks sixth in the SLC. Thomas Fairley has taken over as the team's leading rebounder at 6.6 rpg, and is averaging 8.6 ppg on 50.3 percent shooting from the field.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.8 ppg, and is shooting 45 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-9.0 scoring margin and a plus-2.1 rebound margin.
Wallace leads NWLA in scoring at 11.8 ppg and is the only Demon averaging double-figures. Lee is second in scoring at 8.8 ppg, and Jermaine Spencer leads the team in rebounding at 5.1 rpg and is averaging 8.5 ppg.
NWLA is averaging 73.9 ppg, which ranks fourth in the SLC in scoring, and is shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Demons have a plus-2.7 scoring margin and a plus-4.6 rebound margin.