Feb. 25, 2005
Lamar vs. Sam Houston State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After Wednesday's tough win at Texas-San Antonio, the Lamar men's basketball teams plays its final regular season home game as the Cardinals host Sam Houston State Saturday at 1 p.m. for Homecoming in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center.
In addition to Homecoming, Lamar will be honoring seniors Raymond Anthony, Teddy Davis and Mike Levy in a pre-game ceremony. Also, all tickets for today's game will cost $1.
Lamar is 16-9 overall and 8-6 in SLC play after posting an 88-83 win at UTSA on Wednesday. The Cardinals are alone in fourth place in the conference standings, one-half game ahead of UTSA (7-6). The top eight teams qualify for the O'Reilly Auto Parts/SLC Tournament with the top four seeds hosting first round games on March 8.
Sam Houston is 16-9 overall and 10-3 in SLC play. The Bearkats are tied with Northwestern State for second place in the conference standings, one-game behind league-leader Southeastern Louisiana (11-2). Sam Houston won the earlier meeting this season, 86-84, on Feb. 10 in Huntsville.
This will be the 44th meeting between Lamar and Sam Houston with the Cardinals holding a 25-18 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 18-4 in Beaumont, 7-13 in Huntsville and 0-1 in a neutral court. The Bearkats have won eight of the last 12 meetings in the series. Since returning to the SLC, Lamar is 5-8 against Sam Houston.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.5 points per game, which ranks 28th in the NCAA. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range. He is averaging 5.3 rpg and leads the team with 41 steals. He ranks third in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.68).
Anthony is second on the team and sixth in the SLC in scoring at 14.9 ppg. He leads the SLC in 3-pointers per game (2.84), which ranks 36th in the NCAA. He is shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. He is second on the team and second in the SLC in assists (4.32).
Junior Thomas Fairley leads the team and is third in the SLC in rebounding at 7.2 rpg. He also ranks ninth in the SLC in field goal percentage (.497) and sixth in blocked shots (1.22). He is averaging 9.2 ppg.
Lamar leads the SLC and ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring at 80.9 ppg. The Cardinals are shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. Lamar has a plus-7.6 scoring margin and a plus-0.6 rebound margin.
Joe Thompson leads Sam Houston in scoring at 15.8 ppg and is averaging 4.8 rpg. He is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. Chris Jordan is the only other Bearkat averaging double-figures at 11.3 ppg. He is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. Eddy Fobbs, who prepped at Silsbee HS, leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg and leads the SLC in blocked shots (58).
Sam Houston is averaging 74.2 ppg and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 61.6 percent from the free throw line. The Bearkats have a plus-7.5 scoring margin and a plus-3.1 rebound margin.