Nov. 24, 2012
JONESBORO, Ark. - Lamar University will look for its second straight win Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center when the men's basketball team continues its rivalry with former conference foe Arkansas State at 2:05 p.m.
The Cardinals carry a 1-4 record into the contest after picking up their first win of the season by an 86-82 score over IUPUI in a fourth-round NIT Season Tip-Off game. Sunday's game will be carried live in the Beaumont area on KLVI 560 AM.
The Last Meeting
November 11, 2011
Miles' heroics lift Lamar to 65-62 season-opening win
BEAUMONT - Lamar senior Anthony Miles hit a driving layup with seven seconds to play to break a 62-62 tie and lift the Cardinals to a season-opening 65-62 basketball victory over visiting Arkansas State on Friday night at the Montagne Center.
Arkansas State (3-1) is Lamar's second most common opponent behind only McNeese State. The two schools, who used to battle as members of the Southland Conference and Sun Belt Conference, have met 80 times with Lamar owning a 46-34 series advantage.
Lamar has won five of the last six meetings, including a 65-62 win last year in the Montagne Center. The Red Wolves hold a 25-13 advantage in Jonesboro and won 78-75 two years ago when they last met in the Convocation Center.
In last year's meeting, Lamar got a layup from Anthony Miles with seven seconds to play to break a 62-62 tie. The Cardinals trailed 61-54 with 4:23 to play before closing the game on an 11-1 run for the victory. ASU led 37-36 at the half but struggled with 58.3 percent free throw shooting in the game.
Brandon Davis came off the Lamar bench to score a game-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Devon Lamb added 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Miles finished with 15 points and seven assists.
Guard Marcus Hooten led the Red Wolves with 15 points. Current senior Brandon Peterson finished with 14 points and eight boards.
Lamar had its most complete game Tuesday in the win over IUPUI, shooting 49.3 percent from the floor and committing a season-low 13 turnovers. The Cardinals outrebounded the Jaguars 37-28 and finished with a 14-4 advantage in second chance points.
Senior guard Donley Minor
, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game, scored a career-high 22 points against the Jaguars. Five other Cardinals scored at least 10 points against IUPUI as Lamar rode its balanced offense to victory.
Even after the 86-point effort against IUPUI, the Cardinals still carry a 58.6 points per game scoring average while allowing 73.6 points per game. Lamar is averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and grabbing three boards per contest more than its opponents.
Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 12.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, respectively. The 6-foot-5 forward has scored in double-figures in four of Lamar's five games and has the Cardinals' only double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards at Charlotte.
Freshman Donnell Minton has started the last three games at point guard for the Cardinals and is averaging 5.8 points and 2.6 assists per game. Minton proved clutch in Tuesday's victory as he calmly knocked down six straight free throws in the game's final 32 seconds to clinch the win.
The Red Wolves, who are coached by John Brady in his fifth season, are coming off a 73-72 win at Central Arkansas on Wednesday evening. ASU is scoring just under 72 points per game and allowing 66.5 to its opponents.
Junior guard Ed Townsel leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game despite coming off the bench in all four games. Peterson is nearly averaging a double-double at 11.3 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game. University of Houston transfer Kendrick Washington is adding 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Lamar, which will play its first 11 games of the season away from home, will continue road play Tuesday evening with a game at Alabama.