Knight returns to Indiana as Cardinals battle Purdue
Dec. 2, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Lamar University men's basketball coach Pat Knight will return to his home state Tuesday when his Cardinals take on Purdue University from Mackey Arena. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Knight spent most of his youth in the Hoosier State and played collegiately for his father, the legendary Bob Knight, at Indiana. The younger Knight also played on the same AAU team in Bloomington as Purdue head coach Matt Painter.
The Cardinals, who play their first 11 games this season away from home, are coming off a 75-47 loss at Alabama last Tuesday that dropped them to 1-6 on the season. Purdue (3-4) is also coming off a loss after falling 63-57 at home to Xavier on Saturday.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN) and can be heard live in the Beaumont area on KLVI 560 AM.
This will be just the second meeting ever between Lamar and Purdue. The first resulted in a 67-56 Purdue victory at the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. Lamar is 1-5 all-time against current Big Ten members with the lone victory being a 75-68 win over Northwestern in the 1987 Far West Classic.
Lamar played well for the first half of the Alabama game before second half shooting struggles allowed the Crimson Tide to pull away. The Cardinals led by as many as four points in the first half before trailing 36-27 at the break.
Senior forward Stan Brown scored a career-high 14 points against Alabama and just missed out on a double-double after grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell added 10 points off the Lamar bench.
The Cardinals are averaging 56.1 points per game on offense and allowing over 76 per contest. Following the rough shooting night at Alabama, LU is hitting just 39.5 percent of its field goal attempts and 27.3 percent from 3-point range. The Cardinals are shooting a solid 72.2 percent from the free throw line and are grabbing over 35 rebounds per game.
Mitchell is the only Cardinal scoring in double-figures at 10.9 points per game to go along with his 5.4 rebounds per game. Brown is just under 10 points a game at 9.7 and leads the team in rebounding at 6.1 boards per contest. Senior guard Donley Minor is adding 9.3 points and handing out two assists per outing.
Purdue is averaging 69.0 points per game and allowing 63.3 per game to its opponents. The Boilermakers are averaging 42.4 rebounds per game and grabbing nearly 10 per game more than their opponents. Purdue shoots 42.4 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line.
Junior guard Terone Johnson is one of two Boilermakers averaging over 10 points per game with a team leading 12.7 per contest. Senior forward D.J. Byrd is the other at 10.9 ppg. Freshman center A.J. Hammons leads the team in rebounding at 6.0 per game to go along with his 8.6 points per game. Hammons also has a team-high seven blocked shots on the season.