Lamar Heads Out To Hawaii On Sunday

GO CARDINALS Anthony Miles and the Cardinals will try to snap a five game road loasing streak.
Anthony Miles and the Cardinals will try to snap a five game road loasing streak.

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 islands.

Series History
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 Classic. The Cardinals are 35-37 all-time versus current members of the Western Athletic Conference, with the majority of those coming against Louisiana Tech (30-33). 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

About Hawaii
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 years..

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.

Turnovers Troubles
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 the loss. Lamar's season low of 14 was set at Marshall on Nov. 25.

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.

Halftime Score=Winner
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 outing (2.8).



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