Nov. 23, 2004
Jarvis Christian Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After winning both its exhibition games, the Lamar men's basketball team opens the regular season Tuesday night when Jarvis Christian visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game.
The Cardinals will stay on the court after the game to autograph 200 posters for fans age 12 and under. The athletic department, in conjunction with the Southeast Texas Food Bank, is sponsoring a canned food drive at Tuesday's game. Any fan who brings two (2) non-perishable food items will receive one (1) free admission. Season ticket holders are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help those less fortunate during the holidays.
Lamar is opening its 54th season as a four-year institution. The Cardinals are 38-15 (.717) in season openers. Lamar opened last season with a 92-72 win over LeTourneau and has won six of its last eight season openers.
Junior Alan Daniels was the team's most productive player offensively during the exhibition schedule, which included wins over Delta State (85-68) and Huston-Tillotson (109-61). Daniels, a 6-6 forward from Tulsa, Okla./Arkansas-Fort Smith, averaged 25 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also shot 58.1 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have also received a lift from their inside players.
Junior Jason Grant averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds during the exhibition games. He shot 64.7 percent from the field and blocked 12 shots. Junior Thomas Fairley averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
In the two exhibition games, Lamar averaged 97.0 ppg and shot 48.6 percent from the field, 21.4 percent from three-point range and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals also outrebounded its opponents 53.5 to 38.5 (+15.0) and forced 25.0 turnovers per game.
Jarvis Christian is off to a 0-2 start under coach Byron Rimm. The Bulldogs opened the season with an 82-66 loss at Oklahoma Baptist and lost 75-67 at Tarleton State.
Patrick Daniels leads JCC in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). For the season, JCC is averaging 66.5 ppg and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent from the free throw line.