Tubbs named Southland Coach of the Decade for the 70s
Feb. 25, 2013
BEAUMONT - After leading the Cardinals to three conference basketball titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, Lamar University's Billy Tubbswas named the head coach of the decade for the 1970s as released by the Southland Conference on Monday.
In addition to naming Tubbs the coach of the decade, former stars Luke Adams (1969-71) and Clarence Kea (1976-80) were named to the Southland Conference 1970s All-Decade Men's Basketball Team. The 20-man team consists of 12 NBA draft picks, including three first-round selections, 10 conference players of the year and four three-time first-team all-conference selections.
Tubbs coached the Cardinals from 1976-80 before becoming the head coach at Oklahoma. During the two years in the NCAA tournament, Lamar picked up three wins, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1980. As the coach at Lamar, Tubbs posted a 75-46 overall recorded with a 31-9 mark in conference play. He would later return to coach at Lamar from 2004-06.
Adams played just two seasons for the Cardinals, but was named first-team all-conference twice and was the Southland Conference Player of the Year in 1971. In 48 games in a Cardinal uniform, Adams averaged 19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. As a senior, Adams posted averages of 23.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
Kea played four seasons for the Cardinals first-team all-conference honors once and second-team accolades twice. A 6-foot-6 center, Kea finished his career with 1,814 career points and is the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,143 rebounds. Kea had four games with at least 20 rebounds and is one of only two players in school history with more than 1,000 points and rebounds.
In addition to the selection of the 20 all-decade players, one of the picks, Dwight "Bo" Lamar (1971-73) of Louisiana-Lafayette, was selected as the player of the decade after he was a two-time all-conference selection, the 1972 Southland Conference Player of the Year and a third-round NBA draft pick by the Detroit Pistons. Lamar led the Ragin' Cajuns to two conference titles, two NCAA tournament appearances and two tournament wins. In 1972, he led the league in scoring with 1,054 points (36.6 points per game), which still ranks as the most points in a single-season in Southland history. Lamar was the conference's most prolific scorers, holding the conference record for most field goals made in a game (23), season (429) and career (1,445) along with the record for most career points (3,493) and highest scoring average (31.2).
The Columbus, Ohio, native still holds four of the top 10 single-game scoring records and two of the top five single-season scoring records. In the Southland's record books, Lamar's name still appears 14 times.
Joining Lamar on the all-1970s team from Louisiana-Lafayette is two-time Southland Player of the Year Andrew Toney (1976-80), a guard from Birmingham, Ala., and Roy Ebron (1971-73), a two-time all-conference center.
Arkansas State is represented by five members during the decade including centers John Belcher (1968-72) and Steve Brooks (1969-74), forward Dan Henderson (1973-77) and guards Allen Pruiett (1969-71) and Dan Scaife (1972-75). Louisiana Tech and McNeese State each have four members on the all-decade team. Mike Green (1971-73), the 1973 Player of the Year, represents the Bulldogs along Mike McConathy (1973-77), the current head coach at Northwestern State, as well as Lanky Wells (1973-77) and Victor King (1975-79). McNeese is headlined by three-time all-conference forward John Rudd (1974-78), Edmond Lawrence (1972-76), David Lawrence (1976-79) and Henry Ray (1972-75). Also earning all-decade honors were Abilene Christian's Ronnie Hearne (1968-71) and UT Arlington's Jerry Johnson (1972-75).
To best assess the candidate pool for the all-decade team, the Southland Conference developed a metric that analyzed numerous elements of a student-athlete's performance and value within the league at the time. Most notably, the conference honored "real-time" factors such as all-conference selection by coaches and a player's statistical performance among his peers at the time. Further, other components of selection including a player's effort toward helping his team win a championship or finish near the top of the conference, whether he earned individual honors from the league, if he participated in postseason tournaments, and if he was drafted by the NBA or ABA at the time.
Southland Conference 1970's All-Decade Men's Basketball Team
Player of the Decade: Dwight "Bo" Lamar Louisiana-Lafayette 1971-73
Coach of the Decade: Billy TubbsLamar 1976-80