March 7, 2005
Lamar at Texas-San Antonio Game Notes
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SAN ANTONIO - Led by 2005 All-Southland Conference picks Alan Daniels and Raymond Anthony, the No. 5-seed Lamar men's basketball team is set to play at No. 4-seed Texas-San Antonio Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts/SLC Tournament at the Convocation Center.
The rest of the first round matchups have No. 8-Texas-Arlington at No. 1-Northwestern State, No. 7-Texas State at No. 2-SE Louisiana and No. 6-McNeese State at No. 3-Sam Houston State.
Lamar finished the regular season with a 17-10 overall record and a 9-7 record in SLC plays. The Cardinals, who are making their first SLC postseason appearance since the 2001-02 season, are coming off a 79-72 win at UL-Monroe last Wednesday. Lamar has won seven of its last 11 games.
UTSA posted a 15-12 overall record and a 10-6 mark in SLC play. The Roadrunners, who are the defending SLC Tournament champions, won 81-76 at Texas State last Friday to secure the No. 4 seed. UTSA has won three straight and five of its last six games.
Lamar swept the season series with UTSA, winning 85-68 in Beaumont (2/5/05) and 88-83 in San Antonio (2/23/05). This will be the 23rd meeting between the two schools with Lamar holding a 12-10 all-time series advantage. The Cardinals and Roadrunners have met once in the postseason with UTSA winning 77-63 in the semifinals of the 1999 SLC Tournament in Shreveport.
A 6-6 forward from Tulsa, Okla., Daniels was named to the All-SLC first team in voting by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. Daniels led the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.2 points per game, which ranks 34th in the NCAA.
Daniels also averaged 5.4 rebounds per game, and shot 46.7 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 64.2 percent from the free throw line. He ranked third in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.54) and 10 in 3-point percentage (.380).
A 5-11 guard from Aurora, Ill., Anthony was named to the All-SLC third team. He was second on the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg, which ranked sixth in the SLC. He also ranked second in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (2.74), 11th in 3-point percentage (.376), second in assists (4.29) and sixth in free throw percentage (.823).
Junior Thomas Fairley, a 6-9 forward from Long Beach, Miss., was named honorable mention All-SLC. He averaged 9.0 ppg and led the team and ranked third in the SLC in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. He ranks 11th in the SLC in field goal percentage (.495).
Lamar leads the SLC and ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring at 80.4 ppg and is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-6.6 scoring margin and a plus-0.4 rebound margin.
John Millsap, who was named to the All-SLC second team, leads UTSA in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg), and is shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Justin Harbert, an honorable mention All-SLC performer, is second on the team in scoring at 12.9 ppg and is the team's top 3-point shooter at 43 percent (52-of-121). Also averaging double-figures for the Roadrunners are Rapheal Posey (12.3 ppg) and Andre Owens (11.4).
UTSA is averaging 75.7 ppg and is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from 3-point range and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. The Roadrunners have a plus-2.5 scoring margin and a plus-4.9 rebound margin.
Joining Daniels on the All-SLC first team were Joe Thompson of Sam Houston State, Steven Thomas of Texas-Arlington and Ricky Woods and Nate Lofton of SE Louisiana. The second team was comprised of Jermaine Wallace of Northwestern State, Willie Depron of Nicholls State, Millsap (UTSA), Anthony Dill of Texas State and Marcus Clark of Stephen F. Austin. Joining Anthony on the third team was Edward Garriet of McNeese State, Chris Jordan (SHSU), Jermaine Spencer (NWLA) and Josh Naylor (TXST).
SHSU dominated the specialty awards as Thompson was named SLC player of the year and Ryan Bright was named freshman of the year. SLU's Ricky Woods was named newcomer of the year and Mike McConathy of NWLA was named coach of the year.