Aug. 13, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar begins its 2005-06 men's basketball season in Alaska and the rest of the non-conference schedule features games with teams from the Western Athletic, Mountain West, Conference USA and Sun Belt conferences, announced Cardinals' Head Coach Billy Tubbs.
The 2005-06 home schedule features 14 regular season home games, six non-conference and eight Southland Conference games, plus exhibition games with Incarnate Word on Nov. 2 and Tarleton State on Nov. 9.
Lamar opens the regular season Nov. 17-20 at the BP Top of the World Classic hosted by Alaska-Fairbanks. The Cardinals open with Southern Mississippi and the rest of the field includes host Alaska-Fairbanks, Denver, Illinois-Chicago, Kennesaw State, Montana State and San Diego State. This will be Lamar's first trip back to the 49th state since appearing in the first two Great Alaska Shootouts in 1978 and 1979, which is hosted by Alaska-Anchorage.
After playing at Memphis on Nov. 28, the Cardinals open the home schedule on Dec. 3 when Oklahoma City visits the Montagne Center. Lamar hosts Louisiana College on Dec. 6 and closes out the three-game homestand with Prairie View A&M on Dec. 10.
Lamar travels to former conference-rival Arkansas State for a game on Dec. 14. The Cardinals beat the Indians 76-60 in Beaumont last season. Lamar returns home to host Tulsa on Dec. 17. The Cardinals defeated the Golden Hurricane 91-85 in Tulsa last season.
The Cardinals hit the road for a pair of games before Christmas. Lamar plays at Brigham Young on Dec. 20 and at Air Force on Dec. 22. This will be the first-ever meeting with BYU and the Cardinals defeated Air Force 66-59 in overtime last year in Beaumont.
Lamar closes out the non-conference slate with home games against St. Gregory's (Okla.) University on Dec. 28 and Delta State on Dec. 30.
"We have a very tough non-conference road schedule and have the fewest number of home games in the last several years," Tubbs said about the 2005-06 schedule. "We tough road games at Memphis, Air Force Brigham Young and Arkansas State, plus there is a very competitive field at the Top of the World Classic.
"This is definitely the toughest schedule we have played in recent years, but I also think this is our best team. Hopefully, this schedule will get us ready for conference play."
The conference format remains the same for the 2005-06 season. The 16-game schedule includes eight home games and eight road games. Lamar will play home-and-home series with Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Arlington and Texas State. The Cardinals will play home games with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana and road games at Northwestern State and Texas-San Antonio.
The conference tournament will again include the top eight teams. The tournament will be played on campus sites with the higher seed hosting each game throughout the tournament. The tournament winner will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Lamar returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's 18-11 squad that advanced to the semifinals of the SLC tournament. Additionally, the Cardinals return three of its top four scorers and its top three rebounders, which translate to 70 percent of its scoring and 83 percent of its rebounding.
Highlighting the list of returning players is senior forward Alan Daniels, who earned first-team all-SLC honors last year after leading the team and the conference in scoring at 19.9 points per game. He became the first Lamar player to lead the conference in scoring since All-American Don Bryson in 1965 (23.1 ppg).
Also back for the Cardinals is senior forwards Thomas Fairley and Nashid Beard. Fairley averaged 8.7 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game to earn honorable mention all-SLC honors. Beard averaged 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and shot 49.7 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line.
Tubbs reached another coaching milestone last season, becoming just the eighth coach in NCAA history to record 100 wins at three different schools (Oklahoma 333, TCU 156 and Lamar 104). Tubbs enters the 2005-06 season among the Top 10 active NCAA Division I coaches with 624 career wins.
Season tickets for exciting Lamar basketball are on sale now. Call the Montagne Center Ticket Office at 880-1715 for more information or to reserve your tickets.
2005-06 Lamar Cardinals Basketball Schedule
Nov. 2 Incarnate Word (Exh.)
Nov. 9 Tarleton State (Exh.)
Nov. 17-20 at BP Top of the World Classic
(Alaska-Fairbanks, Denver, Illinois-Chicago, Kennesaw State, Montana State, Southern Miss, San Diego State)
Nov. 28 at Memphis
Dec. 3 Oklahoma City
Dec. 6 Louisiana College
Dec. 10 Prairie View A&M
Dec. 14 at Arkansas State
Dec. 17 Tulsa
Dec. 20 at Brigham Young
Dec. 22 at Air Force
Dec. 28 St. Gregory's
Dec. 30 Delta State
Jan. 4 *McNeese State
Jan. 7 *at Texas State
Jan. 12 *at Stephen F. Austin
Jan. 14 *Texas-Arlington
Jan. 19 *Louisiana-Monroe
Jan. 26 *at Nicholls State
Jan. 28 *Stephen F. Austin
Feb. 4 *at McNeese State
Feb. 8 *Texas State
Feb. 11 *at Texas-San Antonio
Feb. 15 *Sam Houston State
Feb. 18 *at Texas-Arlington
Feb. 23 *at Northwestern State
Feb. 25 *at Louisiana-Monroe
Mar. 1 *Nicholls State
Mar. 3 *Southeastern Louisiana