Dec. 5, 2009
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Lamar travels to Hawaii this weekend for a
Sunday evening contest against the Warriors. The
Cardinals are coming off a tough 62-55 loss at
Denver, in which they led by as many as eight in the
second half before struggling to take care of the ball
down the stretch. Sunday will mark Lamar's final
non-conference game away from Beaumont this season.
The team will return to the Montagne Center for
a six-game homestand, beginning Wednesday, Dec.
9 against Louisiana College.
Aloha For Cardinals
This visit to the nation's 50th state marks the
first for all 13 players on the Lamar travel roster, as
well as the team's manager and athletic trainer.
It is the fifth trip to the islands for the program,
who has played at Hawaii on three previous ventures
(four total games) and in the 1991 Maui Invitational.
LU is 2-5 all-time in games played on the Hawaiian
Lamar and Hawaii are meeting for the fifth time
on the hardwood with the series tied at 2-2. All four
previous meetings have been played in Honolulu.
UH won the last game, 94-88, in the 2003 Rainbow
The Cardinals are 35-37 all-time versus current
members of the Western Athletic Conference, with
the majority of those coming against Louisiana Tech
Lamar-Hawaii Series Results
12/17/76 L 72-78
12/18/76 W 89-79
11/27/81 W 62-58
12/27/03 L 88-94 Rainbow Classic
Hawaii is 2-4 on the season after having dropped
its fourth-consecutive game on Wednesday, 80-70,
at UC Irvine. Sunday's game marks the first of a
nine-game homestand for the Warriors.
The Warriors are averaging 69.8 points per game
while allowing 73.3 ppg, including four-straight contests of 80 points or more. UH's last win was a 73-
65 decision over Lamar's arch rival McNeese State.
Roderick Flemmings leads the team in scoring
(15.0 ppg) and is second in rebounding (6.5 rpg).
Dwain Williams (13.3 ppg) and Jeremy Lay (12.7
ppg off the bench) are also posting double-figures in
points. Lay has made a team-high 13 3-pointers.
The Warriors are coached by Bob Nash (Hawaii,
1984) who is 26-40 in his third season as the head
coach. He was Riley Wallace's top assistant for 20
Six Road Games in 18 Days
Beginning with last Thursday's game at Middle
Tennessee (Nov. 19) and ending with a road contest
at Hawaii (Dec. 6), Lamar will play six of seven
games on the road - all in a span of 18 days.
Long & Winding Road
Lamar will have just two non-conference road
trips during the season and they will come over the
next three weeks. The most recent trip saw Big Red
hit the road for games at Middle Tennessee, Texas
Tech, Ohio and Marshall in a seven day stretch. The
travel for those games was quite extensive.
Not counting trips to and from the arenas for
practices, shoot-around and the games themselves,
the travel party logged 569 miles on the road in charter
buses and 4,248 flight miles on six flights.
Following Saturday's home contest against
North Carolina A&T, the Cards will play at Denver
and Hawaii before a six game home stand. That trip
will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and conclude with the
team's arrival back on campus Monday, Dec. 7.
Rebounding A Strength For Lamar Thus Far
Lamar has demonstrated a very strong work
ethic on the boards, outrebounding six of its eight
opponents and seven of eight on the offensive glass.
Lamar currently ranks first in the SLC and 58th in
the NCAA in rebounding offense (40.8 rpg). LU also
ranks sixth in the SLC rebounding defense (34.1 rpg)
and first in rebound margin (+6.6).
As a result, the opposition has averaged just 12.2
second chance points per game, compared to 16.0
for LU. The Cards grabbed a season-best 24 offensive
rebounds at Marshall and turned them into a
season-best 30 second chance points.
Lamar has struggled to take care of the ball this
season as evident by the 18.5 turnovers per game - a
figure which ranks 10th in the Southland Conference
and 326th nationally. On Wednesday at Denver, LU
committed 17 TOs - its third lowest this season - but
five crucial miscues came in the final 12 minutes of
Lamar's season low of 14 was set at Marshall on
Free Throw Numbers
Lamar currently ranks 183rd nationally with a
.676 free throw percentage. The Cardinals have averaged
23.1 attempts per game but has made just 15.6
of them. LU has made 19 or more FTs in al three
wins this season. In fact, LU is 3-0 when making
more FTs than its opponents and 0-5 when the opponent
makes more freebies.
Odds are you can determine if Lamar will win or
lose a game based on the halftime score. That's
because over the past two seasons, the Cardinals are
18-2 when leading at the half and 0-18 when trailing
or tied after 20 minutes of play.
The last time Lamar won a game that it trailed at
the break was on Jan. 8, 2008 against Utah Valley
State - LU trailed 36-32 and won 74-69.
Lamar SLC Leader In Double-Doubles
A trio of Lamar players have combined for seven
double-doubles thus far, which leads the Southland
Conference. Justin Nabors leads the league with
three, while Anthony Miles and Charlie Harper are
tied for second with two each.
Miles Blowing His Freshman Season Out
of the Water Early On
In the first eight games, sophomore PG Anthony
Miles has shown improvement in just about every
category by a substantial margin over his rookie season
in which he appeared in all 30 games with 12
starts. This season he is shooting .465 from the floor
(compared to .413 in 08-09), .500 from outside
(.213) and .750 from the charity stripe (.610), while
posing averages of 13.1 ppg (6.3) and 5.8 boards per