March 1, 2005
Lamar at UL-Monroe Game Notes
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MONROE, La. - With O'Reilly Auto Parts/Southland Conference Tournament seeding implications on the line, Lamar closes out its regular season Wednesday at Louisiana-Monroe. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Lamar is 16-10 overall and 8-7 in SLC play. The Cardinals are coming off an 88-70 home loss to Sam Houston State on Saturday. With a win, Lamar would be assured of a spot in the SLC tournament and still have a chance to host a first-round game. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament with the top four seeds hosting first round games.
UL-Monroe is 7-18 overall and 1-13 in SLC play. The Indians are coming off a 64-62 loss at league-leader Southeastern Louisiana (12-2) on Saturday. ULM will not be participating in the SLC postseason tournament for the first time in 22 years.
Lamar won the meeting earlier this season, 78-62, on Jan. 29 in Beaumont. Senior Raymond Anthony made a career-best eight three pointers and tied his career-high with 31 points. Junior Alan Daniels added 14 points. Cecil Hood led ULM with 16 points and DeAndre Alexander recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
This will be the 48th meeting between Lamar and ULM with the Indians holding a slim 24-23 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 13-9 in games played in Beaumont, 9-15 in Monroe and 1-0 on a neutral court. ULM has won seven of the last nine meetings, including four straight in Monroe.
Daniels, who was held to single-digits (eight points) for just the fourth time all season in Saturday's loss, leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.1 points per game. He is averaging 5.3 rpg and leads the team with 45 steals. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range. He ranks third in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.58).
Anthony is second on the team and sixth in the SLC in scoring at 14.8 ppg. He leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in assists with 113 (4.35). He also leads the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.77) and is shooting 38.1 percent (72-of-189) from 3-point range. Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.5 ppg, which ranks among the top 10 in the NCAA. The Cardinals are shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 66.1 percent from the free throw line. Lamar has a plus-6.6 scoring margin and a plus-0.3 rebound margin.
Junior Thomas Fairley recorded his second straight and fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds against Sam Houston State on Saturday. He leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in rebounding at 7.5 and is averaging 9.2 ppg. He is shooting 50.5 percent from the field.
ULM does not have a player averaging double-figures in scoring. Hood leads the team at 9.9 ppg and is shooting 44.5 percent from the field. Alexander leads the team and ranks third in the SLC in rebounding at 7.5 rpg and is averaging 9.4 ppg. He is shooting 53.4 percent from the field and leads the team with 22 blocked shots.
ULM is averaging 64.4 ppg and is shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from 3-point range and 63.4 percent from the free throw line. The Indians have a minus-5.8 scoring margin and a plus-1.5 rebound margin.