March 9, 2005
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Lamar at Northwestern State Game Notes
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NATCHITOCHES, La. - After upsetting No. 4-seed Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday, No. 5 seed Lamar University advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 O'Reilly Auto Parts Southland Conference Tournament as the Cardinals face top-seeded Northwestern State Thursday at Prather Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Lamar improved its record to 18-10 following Tuesday's 91-83 win at UTSA. This is the Cardinals most wins since the 1987-88 squad posted a 20-11 record, which was Lamar's last 20-win season. Lamar improved its record to a league-best 14-7 all-time in SLC Tournament games.
Northwestern State defeated No. 8-seed Texas-Arlington 81-67 Tuesday. The Demons are 20-11 on the season, which is their first 20-win season in 31 years. NWLA has won nine straight games and are 14-1 at home this season. The lone home loss was to Lamar, 89-84, on Feb. 3, which is also the last time the Demons lost this season.
The other semifinal matchup has No. 3-seed Sam Houston State at No. 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana. The two semifinal winners will meet on the home court of the higher seed for the tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
This will be the 31st meeting between Lamar and Northwestern State with the Cardinals holding a 19-11 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 14-2 in Beaumont, 4-9 in Natchitoches and 1-0 on a neutral court. The two teams split the season series with Lamar winning 89-84 in Natchitoches (2/3/05) and NWLA winning 90-83 in Beaumont (2/16/05). The Cardinals and Demons have met once before in the SLC Tournament with the Cardinals winning 62-55 in the championship game of the 2000 tournament in Shreveport.
Senior Raymond scored a career-high 34 points in Lamar's win at UTSA. He was 10-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-15 from three-point range, and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds and three assists. His five 3-pointers moved him into second place on Lamar's all-time 3-pointers made list with 173.
Junior Alan Daniels added 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range. He had four assists, four steals and six rebounds. Josh Goodwin recorded his second straight and sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 19.5 points per game and is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. He is averaging 5.5 rpg and leads the team with 52 steals.
Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 15.5 ppg and is shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. He leads the team with 119 assists and is second with 43 steals. Thomas Fairley leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 rpg and is averaging 8.7 ppg.
Lamar leads the SLC in scoring at 80.8 ppg and is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from 3-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a plus-6.6 scoring margin and a plus-0.4 rebound margin.
Jermaine Wallace scored a game-high 26 points to pace NWLA in its win over UTA. Tyronn Mitchell added 11 points, five steals and four assists. Clifton Lee and Byron Allen each added 10 points. NWLA shot 44.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
For the season, NWLA is averaging 75.3 ppg and is shooting 45 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Demons have a plus-4.5 scoring margin and a plus-4.7 rebound margin.