Feb. 18, 2005
Lamar at Texas State Game Notes
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SAN MARCOS - After dropping a tough home loss to Northwestern State on Wednesday, the Lamar men's basketball team has to regroup as the Cardinals travel to Texas State Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. in Southland Conference action at Strahan Coliseum.
Lamar, who lost 90-83 to Northwestern State on Wednesday, is 15-8 overall and 7-5 in SLC play. The Cardinals are in fourth place in the league standings, one-half game ahead of Texas-San Antonio and one-game in front of Texas State. Starting with tonight's game, Lamar plays three of its last four regular season games on the road.
Texas State is 12-11 overall and 6-6 in SLC play. The Bobcats, who are coming off a 54-52 win over UL-Monroe on Wednesday, are in sixth place, one-game behind the Cardinals. The top eight teams in the final SLC standings qualify for the O'Reilly SLC Tournament and the top four seeds host first round games.
Lamar won the earlier meeting with Texas State, 79-73, on Jan. 8 in Beaumont. Raymond Anthony led the Cardinals with 18 points. Teddy Davis' three-pointer broke a 60-60 tie and gave the Cardinals the lead for good. Lamar made 7-of-8 free throws over the final 3:53 to seal the win.
This will be the 44th meeting between Lamar and Texas State with the Cardinals holding a slim 22-21 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 14-8 in games played in Beaumont, 7-13 in San Marcos and 1-0 on a neutral court. The Cardinals have won three of the last four meetings in the series. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 5-6 against TXST.
Alan Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.4 ppg, which also ranks 31st in the NCAA in scoring. He is shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range (11th in SLC). His 2.61 3-pointers made per game ranks 5th in the SLC.
Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg, which ranks sixth in the SLC in scoring. He leads the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.91), which ranks 39th in the NCAA. He is shooting 40.1 percent from 3-point range (10th in SLC) and 83.7 percent from the free throw line (4th in SLC).
Lamar leads the SLC and ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring at 80.9 ppg, and is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-8.3 scoring margin and a plus-1.7 rebound margin.
Anthony Dill leads TXST in scoring at 15.3 ppg (5th in SLC) and in rebounding at 7.5 rpg (7.5 2nd in SLC). He is shooting 54.3 percent form the field. Josh Naylor is the only other Bobcat averaging double-figures at 12.6 ppg, and is the team's top three-point shooter at 40.6 percent (63-of-155). He leads the SLC in free throw percentage (.897).
TXST is averaging 68 ppg, and is shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the free throw line.