Lamar travels to Sam Houston for Saturday game

GO CARDINALS <strong>Anthony Miles led Lamar with 14 points against Sam Houston State last season</strong>
Anthony Miles led Lamar with 14 points against Sam Houston State last season

Feb. 24, 2012

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HUNTSVILLE - After a disappointing 62-52 home loss Wednesday to Stephen F. Austin, the Lamar men's basketball team will look to rebound Saturday night at Johnson Coliseum when the Cardinals face Sam Houston State in Southland Conference action. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Cardinals loss in the Montagne Center for just the second time this year to fall into a tie for fourth in the conference standings with UTSA at 8-5. Lamar, 17-11 overall, owns the tiebreaker over the Roadrunners with just three league games left to play.

Sam Houston State comes into Saturday's contest with a 12-16 overall mark and 6-7 conference record. The Bearkats have won their last three conference games, including Wednesday's 50-37 victory at Northwestern State.

This will be the 54th meeting between the two schools with the Cardinals holding a slim 28-25 series advantage. Sam Houston has won the last three meetings, though, and owns a 15-8 advantage in Huntsville. Lamar last won in Johnson Coliseum on Feb. 18, 2009, by a 60-57 score.

The Bearkats picked up a 67-60 win at Lamar last season in their only meeting as Sam Houston knocked down eight straight free throws over the final 46 seconds to close out the victory.

SHSU dominated inside, outrebounding the Cardinals 41-27 and finishing with a 38-20 advantage in points in the pair. After trailing 29-25 at the half, the Bearkats shot a robust 66.7 percent from the floor in the second half to pull out the win.

Anthony Miles led a trio of Cardinals who scored in double-figures with 14 points. Miles was 3-of-3 from the free throw line, but the rest of his teammates were a combined 11-of-19. Donley Minor scored 11 points for Lamar, but was just 4-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. Brandon Davis came off the LU bench to score 10 points in just 17 minutes of action, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

Gilberto Clavell, the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year, led the Bearkats with 22 points and eight boards. Josten Crow added nine points, six assists and five rebounds.

Lamar ranks third in the Southland in scoring offense at 74.4 points per game and is outscoring its opponents by over seven points per contest. The Bearkats are similar to SFA in that they score less than 60 per game but are allowing just 60.1 to rank second to the Lumberjacks.

Following their poor shooting performance Wednesday, Lamar is now sixth in the league in field goal percentage at 43.0 percent. The Cardinals do rank second in free throw shooting at 71.8 percent, and they are also second in fewest turnovers per game (12.8), steals per game (8.7) and blocked shots (4.1).

Senior guard Mike James led the Cards with 15 points against SFA, but shot just 6-of-22 in the game. The 6-foot-1 James leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. Anthony Miles is second in scoring at 14.2 per game, and leads Lamar with 3.8 assists per contest.

Senior guard Devon Lamb bounced back from a two-rebound game at George Mason to match his career-high with 15 against the `Jacks. Lamb is grabbing a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game to go along with his 11.4 points per game.

Sam Houston is ninth in field goal percentage at 41.8 percent, including just 29.3 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Junior guard Konner Tucker leads the Bearkats in scoring at 12.3 points per game. Tucker has also hit nearly half the Bearkats' 3-pointers on the year, making 63 of the team's 128.

Junior forward Steven Werner is averaging 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard DeMarcus Gatlin is good for 10.6 points per game. Senior forward Marcus James averages 10.0 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game, and junior guard Darius Gatson leads the team with 4.5 assists per game.




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