Lamar squares off with No. 9 Louisville on Sunday
Nov. 12, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Lamar, which is coming off a thrilling 65-62 home win to open the 2011-12 basketball season, will move up in competition Sunday afternoon at 3 as the Cardinals take on No. 9 Louisville from the KFC Yum! Center.
Both teams enter the game with 1-0 records on the young season as Louisville opened with an easy 83-48 win over Tennessee-Martin. Sunday's game will be part of the Global Sports Invitational, which is a four-game tournament played at home sites.
Lamar and Louisville have met three previous times on the hardwood with UL winning each game. The most recent meeting came on Dec. 8, 2008, with then ninth-ranked Louisville winning 78-56.
Lamar trailed 34-23 in that game at the half, got to within nine points at the start of the second half, and would get no closer the rest of the way. Louisville outscored the Lamar 13-2 in second chance points, and had a 31-11 advantage in bench points.
LU forward Jay Brown finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while guard Kenny Dawkins added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Louisville got 15 points and six boards from Samardo Samuels, and 12 points from Jerry Smith. Terrence Williams led all players with 13 rebounds.
This will be Lamar's 41st meeting against a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, and first of three this season. Lamar is also scheduled to play at No. 3 Ohio State (Dec. 20) and at No. 2 Kentucky (Dec. 28). Lamar is 5-35 all-time against the AP Top 25.
Lamar's most recent contest against a Top 25 team was a 76-55 setback at No. 20 Texas last season. LU has now dropped its last 19 games against ranked opponents, with its last win coming on Jan. 26, 1985, over No. 12 Louisiana Tech by a 72-64 score.
In Friday's season opener, Lamar got 17 points off the bench from senior guard Brandon Davis, including 4-of-6 aim from 3-point range. Fellow senior Devon Lamb matched his career high with 15 rebounds, adding 13 points for the double-double.
Senior guard Anthony Miles, who hit the game winner against Arkansas State with seven seconds to play, added 15 points and seven assists. Miles now stands just six points away from becoming the 19th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Fridays' wins also were historic for Lamar head coach Pat Knight and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. Knight won his first game on the Lamar bench, while Pitino became the 38th coach in NCAA history to win 600 career games.
Louisville returns three starters and 11 letterwinners off of last year's 25-10 team. UL was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Morehead State last year, and finished the season ranked 14th by the AP. Current Lamar assistant coach Joseph Price was a member of the Morehead staff last season.
UL got a big debut from freshman forward Chane Behanan in its win over UT Martin. The 6-foot-6 Behanan made all six of his field goal attempts as he scored 14 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds in his collegiate debut. Senior forward Kyle Kuric added 14 points in the win, while Peyton Siva finished with 10 points and nine assists.
Lamar will continue play in the Global Sports Invitational on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. from Ohio University. Both games will be broadcast live on KLVI 560 AM.