Nov. 26, 2004
DENTON - After opening the 2004-05 season with a home win over Jarvis Christian, the Lamar men's basketball team hits the road for the first time as the Cardinals travel to former conference rival North Texas for a 7 p.m. game at The Super Pit.
Lamar (1-0) scored the game's first 10 points and quickly built a 23-3 lead in Tuesday's season-opening 115-67 rout of Jarvis Christian. North Texas (2-1) is coming off a 76-69 win over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday. The Mean Green opened the season with a 100-66 win over Angelo State and lost 85-71 at Alabama.
This will be the 28th meeting between Lamar and North Texas with the Cardinals holding a 17-10 all-time series advantage. The Cardinals are 12-3 in game played in Beaumont, including last year's 88-72 win, and 5-7 in Denton. Lamar and UNT competed against each other as members of the Southland Conference in the 1980s.
Junior Alan Daniels scored a game-high 34 points in the win over Jarvis Christian. The 6-6 forward was 12-of-21 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range. Senior Raymond Anthony added 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
Junior Josh Goodwin set career highs with 12 points and 14 rebounds, which was also his first career double-double. Senior Mike Levy came off the bench to score 16 points in 14 minutes.
Lamar shot 53.8 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 63.0 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Bulldogs 48 to 36, and forced 33 turnovers while grabbing 20 steals.
Senior Leonard Hopkins leads UNT in scoring at 16.0 points per game. Senior Michael Jones is next at 14.0 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 rpg. Sophomore Calvin Watson is average 13.0 ppg.
For the season, UNT is averaging 82.3 ppg and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 72.9 percent from the free throw line.
There are several ties between Lamar and UNT in tonight's game. Mean Green coach Johnny Jones is the brother of former Lamar player Trennis Jones (1970-73). UNT junior guard Isaac Hines signed with Lamar out of Molina High School, but broke his wrist during the first week of practice and transferred to Colin County Community College.