Nov. 23, 2007
Lamar Game Notes vs. ORU
BEAUMONT - After dropping a hard-fought game to visiting Wyoming on Monday, Lamar University will be looking to bounce back Saturday when the Cardinals host Oral Roberts in non-conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Lamar is 1-2 overall following Monday's 75-71 loss to Wyoming. The Cardinals are 1-1 at home and 0-1 on the road. Lamar hits the road for a pair of games next week starting with Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at New Orleans followed by a 1 p.m. game next Saturday at Northern Illinois.
ORU is 2-2 on the season and is coming off a 62-53 home win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles are 2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road and 0-1 on a neutral court. ORU lost to fellow Southland Conference member Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at College Station.
This will be the 14th meeting between Lamar and ORU with the Golden Eagles holding a 9-4 all-time series advantage. ORU won last year's meeting, 88-63, on Dec. 4, 2006 in Tulsa. Lamar is 2-3 in games played in Beaumont and 2-6 in Tulsa. ORU has won the last two meetings in the series. Lamar's last win was 68-67 on Jan. 12, 1989 in Tulsa.
Junior Kenny Dawkins, who scored a career-high 22 points Monday against Wyoming, leads the Cardinals in scoring at 12.7 points per game. He is also averaging 4.0 apg and is shooting 40 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free throw line.
Senior Darren Hopkins is averaging 11.7 ppg. Senior Lamar Sanders and junior Justin Nabors are both averaging 10.3 ppg. They are also the team's top two rebounders with Nabors leading the way at 7.0 rpg followed by Sanders at 6.3 rpg. Sanders leads the team with eight steals. Senior Currye Todd is averaging 10.0 ppg to give the Cardinals five double-digit scorers.
Lamar is averaging 81.3 ppg and is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from 3-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a minus-1.0 (81.3-82.3) scoring margin and a plus-0.3 (37.3-37.0) rebound margin.
Junior Robert Jarvis leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 18.0 ppg and is averaging 4.3 rpg. He is shooting 36.7 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. He leads the team with four steals and is second with 11 assists.
Marcus Lewis is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He is shooting 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the field. Moses Ehambe is averaging 10.8 ppg. Shawn King is averaging 10.5 ppg and a team-best 6.0 rpg.
ORU is averaging 70.0 ppg and is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles have a plus-3.8 (70.0-66.2) scoring margin and a plus-0.3 (36.5-36.2) rebound margin.