Dec. 3, 2004
Lamar-UH Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After dropping its first game of the season at North Texas last Saturday, Lamar will be looking to get back on the winning track Saturday when the University of Houston visits the Montagne Center for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off that will be televised on Fox Sports Net-Southwest.
Lamar enters Saturday's game with a 1-1 record. The Cardinals opened the season with a 115-67 rout of Jarvis Christian and lost 70-66 at North Texas last Saturday. Houston, under the direction first-year coach Tom Penders, is 4-3 on the season and is coming off a heartbreaking 74-73 loss at Rice on Tuesday.
This will be the 26th meeting between Lamar and Houston. The Cougars won last year's meeting, 68-62, and hold a 22-3 all-time series advantage. Lamar won the last meeting in Beaumont, 64-58, on Dec. 17, 1994. Lamar is 3-7 against the Cougars in games played in Beaumont.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the Cardinals in scoring at 20.5 points per game. After scoring 34 points in the season-opener, Daniels was held to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field at North Texas. The 6-6 forward is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game and is tied for the team lead with six steals.
Junior Thomas Fairley set season-highs and recorded his first double-double of the season with 23 points and 16 rebounds at North Texas. He is averaging 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg, which leads the Southland Conference. Senior Raymond Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 18.5 ppg. He is shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range and is 5.0 3-pointers made per game leads the SLC.
Lamar's bench has accounted for 59 points, 29.5 ppg, and senior Mike Levy is leading the charge at 11.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. The 6-5 guard from Port Arthur is shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
Lamar is averaging 90.5 ppg and is shooting 47.6 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from 3-point range and 52.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 48.0 to 39.5 and are forcing 26.5 turnovers per game.
Senior Andre Owens leads UH in scoring at 18.9 ppg and is shooting 39.8 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. He is averaging 3.6 rpg and is second on the team in assists (19) and steals (15). Owens scored 20 points in last year's win over Lamar.
Sophomore Lanny Smith is the only other Cougar averaging double-figures at 14.0 ppg. He leads the team with 31 assists and is shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line. Junior Ramon Dyer is UH's top rebounder at 6.7 rpg and is averaging 8.0 ppg.
Houston, who has wins over Sam Houston, McNeese State, Missouri, and Grambling, is averaging 72.0 ppg and is shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from 3-point range and 64.6 percent from the free throw line.