Lamar Faces Lions on Senior Night

GO CARDINALS Senior Amos Wilson will be honored prior to Saturday night's game.
Senior Amos Wilson will be honored prior to Saturday night's game.

March 7, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - Senior Amos Wilson will lead the Lamar Cardinals onto the court at the Montagne Center Saturday to face Southeastern Louisiana in the season finale. Not only will it be the 2013-14 season finale, but it will also be the final time that Wilson will suit up in the Lamar red and white as the team's lone senior.

The Cardinals (4-25/3-14 Southland) will look to build off an impressive 17-point victory over New Orleans Thursday evening. The Cardinals led UNO by as many as 27 points before picking up the win that ended a seven-game slide. Southeastern comes into Saturday's game looking to end a skid of their own. The Lions come to Beaumont looking to secure the eighth and final spot in the Southland Conference Championships next week in Katy, Texas, but have struggled down the stretch losing four-straight games. SLU enters the regular-season finale with a one-game lead over Central Arkansas for the final playoff spot.

The Last Meeting
Southeastern Louisiana91
January 18, 2014
Hammond, La.
Lions Use the Three to Beat Lamar
Lamar had four players score in double figures, and shot nearly 50 percent for the game, but couldn't overcome a Southeastern Louisiana team (8-9/3-3 SLC) that knocked down 16 three-pointers. The Lions defeated Lamar, 91-65, Saturday afternoon at the University Center. The loss drops Lamar to 1-17 overall and 0-6 in Southland Conference play.

Saturday's game will tip off 30 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game, and will begin no earlier than 6 p.m.

A two-year starter during his career, Wilson has played in 56 games for Lamar earning 51 starts. A preseason All-Southland Conference selection, Wilson has backed up those accolades down the stretch. He enters Saturday's game averaging 14.3 points and nearly six rebounds in the team's last four outings. He was a big reason for the team's victory Thursday over the Privateers scoring 17 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, and pulling down a team-high seven rebounds.

The Cardinals finished the game connecting on 32-of-59 (.542) shots against UNO, and were better than 50 percent in each half against the Privateers. It may take a similar effort to pick up the win against Southeastern. In the first meeting between the two schools, SLU knocked down 57 percent of their shots, including 16 three pointers (16-of-27/.593). JaMichael Hawkins was nearly unstoppable going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, and finished the game with 25 points.

On paper, the two teams couldn't be more equally matched, except in three-point field goals. The Lions enter the game with an edge long-range shooting. SLU is shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc this season knocks down seven threes per game, while the Cardinals are shooting 31.6 percent from three-point land.

With Thursday's victory, not only did Lamar eclipse its win total from last season, but the Cardinals have placed themselves in a position to close out the season with consecutive wins. If Lamar can get past Southeastern Louisiana it would be the first time the Cardinals have recorded back-to-back wins since March 8 and 10th of the 2011-12 season.




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