Nov. 30, 2007
Lamar Basketball Notes vs. Northern Illinois
DeKALB, Ill. - Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, Lamar University closes out its two-game road trip Saturday afternoon at Northern Illinois in non-conference men's basketball action. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Lamar is 1-4 on the season following Wednesday's 76-65 loss at New Orleans. NIU is 0-6 under first-year coach Ricardo Patton and is coming off a 74-50 home loss to fellow Southland Conference member Stephen F. Austin last Saturday.
This will be the seventh meeting between Lamar and NIU with the Cardinals holding a 4-2 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 2-1 in games played in Beaumont, 1-1 in DeKalb and 1-0 on a neutral court. Lamar has won the last three meetings in the series, including a 74-53 win last season in Beaumont on Dec. 20, 2006. The Cardinals won the last meeting in DeKalb, 57-53, on Nov. 25, 1997.
Junior Kenny Dawkins led the Cardinals with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, in Wednesday's loss at UNO. He leads the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg and in assists with 20 (4.0 apg). He is shooting 49 percent from the field, 45.8 percent from 3-point range and 86.7 percent from the free throw line.
Junior Nabors, who recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at UNO, is second on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 rpg, which ranks fifth in the SLC. He is shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
Senior Lamar Sanders is averaging 9.2 ppg and 7.0 rpg, and leads the team with eight steals. Junior Lawrence Nwevo, who scored a career-high 14 points at UNO, is shooting a team-best 61.5 percent from the field, which ranks fifth in the SLC.
Lamar is averaging 73.2 ppg and is shooting 43 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals have a minus-4.4 scoring margin and a minus-0.8 rebound margin.
Senior Ryan Paradise leads NIU in scoring at 10.4 ppg, but fractured his nose in last Saturday's loss to SFA and is out indefinitely. Freshman Darion Anderson is the only other Husky averaging double-figures at 10.0 ppg. He is shooting 34.4 percent from the field, 12.5 percent from 3-point range and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.
Egan Grafel, who scored a team-high 11 points in the loss to SFA, leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg. Shaun Logan leads the team with 13 assists (2.17 apg).
NIU is averaging 65.5 ppg and is shooting 38.6 percent from the field, 24.5 percent from 3-point range and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies have a minus-18.2 scoring margin and a minus-3.8 rebound margin.