Oct. 25, 2007
BEAUMONT - With the start of the 2007-08 season right around the corner, fans of Lamar University men's basketball team can get a preview when the Cardinals host the first of two Red/White scrimmages Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Montagne Center. The scrimmage is free and open to the general public.
The scrimmage will feature game-line conditions, including playing two 20 minute halves. Lamar will play a second Red/White scrimmage Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. at the Montagne Center.
Lamar was tabbed the team to beat in the East Division in the Southland Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, which was unveiled Monday at the SLC Basketball Media Day at the Merrell Center in Katy, the site of the SLC postseason tournament May 13-16, 2008.
The Cardinals had two players on preseason all-SLC teams. Senior forward Lamar Sanders was named to the first team and senior guard Darren Hopkins was selected to the second team.
A native of Hickory Flat, Miss., Sanders was a second-team all-SLC selection last year and was named SLC newcomer of the year. He averaged 12.2 ppg and led the SLC and ranked 12th in the NCAA in rebounding at 9.8 rpg. He also led the team with 103 assists and shot 59.3 percent from the field.
Hopkins, a native of Baltimore, Md., was an honorable mention all-SLC selection last year. He is the team's leading returning scorer after averaging 13.4 ppg a year ago. He shot a team-best 43.5 percent from three-point range and tied for second on the team with 27 steals.
Lamar returns four starters and six letterwinners from last year's 15-17 squad that advanced to the semifinals of the SLC Tournament for the third straight year. Those returning players accounted for 66 percent of the scoring and 59 percent of the rebounding from last year's team.
The Cardinals will play a pair of exhibition games before opening the regular season. Lamar will host Incarnate Word Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. and Central Oklahoma Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The Cardinals open the regular season Nov. 13 when LeTourneau University visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game.
Season tickets for Lamar basketball are on sale now. There are three different packages available to fit any budget. For more information and to see what remaining seats are available, call the Montagne Center Ticket Office at (409) 880-1715.