Cards Prepare for Final Road Trip

GO CARDINALS Lamar hits the road for game at Oral Roberts.
Lamar hits the road for game at Oral Roberts.

Feb. 25, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - With only four games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, the Lamar men will prepare for their final road trip of the season in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Cardinals (3-23/2-12 Southland) will face Oral Roberts Thursday in Tulsa, Okla. ORU enters the week with a 14-13 (.519) overall record and tied for fourth in the Southland with an 8-6 record. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last six games and are coming off a 13-point victory over Central Arkansas.

The Last Meeting
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March 2, 2013
Montagne Center
Lamar loses 68-50 to Oral Roberts on Senior Day
BEAUMONT - Playing in the final home game of their Lamar University careers, it was seniors Stan Brown and Donley Minor who led the way Saturday against Oral Roberts. Unfortunately, the Cardinals came up short in a 68-50 Southland Conference basketball loss to the visiting Golden Eagles.

While the Golden Eagles are trying lock up their seeding in what will be their final trip to the Southland Conference tournament, Lamar is still fighting for the eighth and final spot in the tournament. The Cardinals enter the week a game back of Central Arkansas, and four games back of McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana in the win column. For Lamar to qualify for the tournament, they would need to win the final four games, plus have Central Arkansas lose one more game as well as have SLU lose its four remaining games. That would place Lamar in a tie for eighth with the Lions giving the Cardinals the tie breaker.

The Cardinals nearly made their chances at earning a berth in the conference tournament a little easier, but came up just short in the upset bid of Sam Houston State Saturday. Lamar had the ball down one with 10 seconds remaining in the contest but a 15-foot jumper from junior Nimrod Hilliard fell off the rim and the Bearkats escaped with a 74-71 victory.

The Cardinals finished the game with four players in double figures, led by Hilliard's 21 points. For Hilliard it was the most points since he netted since a career-high 29 at Northwestern State at the beginning of the conference schedule.

Lamar will need a similar effort against the Golden Eagles who shoot nearly 46 percent from the field, and are scoring just over 71 points per game. ORU brings one of the league's most prolific scorers into the game in senior forward Shawn Glover. The Dallas, Texas native, is currently second in the conference averaging 21.6 points per game.

The Cards enter the final four games of the season with four players averaging in double figures led by Hilliard's 14 points. Along with Hilliard, sophomore Rhon Mitchell is averaging 11.3 per game, junior Donovan Ross is averaging 11 per contest and senior Amos Wilson is just under 11 per game (10.8 ppg). If Lamar can finish out the season with four players in double figures it would be the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Thursday's game is slated to tip off 30 minutes following the women's contest, and will begin no earlier than 7:30 p.m. from the Mabee Center.




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