Dec. 6, 2004
Lamar-UTPA Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After dropping its second straight game Saturday, the Lamar men's basketball team will be looking to get back to its winning ways as the Cardinals play host to Texas-Pan American Tuesday at 7 p.m. in non-conference action at the Montagne Center.
After opening the season with a 115-67 rout of Jarvis Christian, Lamar (1-2) has lost its last two games, 70-66 at North Texas and 85-77 to Houston on Saturday. This is the second of four straight home games for the Cardinals.
Texas-Pan American is off to a 3-1 start under first-year coach Robert Davenport. The Broncs are coming off an 83-72 home win over Sam Houston State on Saturday. UTPA also has wins over Texas A&M-International (76-59) and Southwest Assemblies of God (82-53). The Broncs lone loss was at Southwest Missouri State (88-63).
This will be the 66th meeting between Lamar and UTPA with the Cardinals holding a 37-28 all-time series advantage. Lamar is 21-9 in games played in Beaumont, 14-18 in Edinburg and 2-1 on a neutral court. The Broncs won last year's meeting, 90-78, in Edinburg (2/4/04). Lamar won the last meeting in Beaumont, 67-64 in overtime (12/21/02).
Junior Alan Daniels continues to carry the scoring load for the Cardinals. The 6-6 forward scored a game-high 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, against Houston. He also grabbed 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Daniels leads the team and the Southland Conference in scoring at 24.3 points per game. He has already topped the 30-point mark twice in three games this season, scoring a season-high 34 against Jarvis Christian.
Senior Raymond Anthony is averaging 14.3 ppg, which ranks seventh in the SLC. He is second in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (3.67) and is ninth in 3-point percentage (.458). The 5-11 guard leads the team and ranks fifth in the SLC in assists (4.67). He scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, in last year's game at UTPA.
Junior Josh Goodwin continues to take advantage of his opportunity to play. The 6-9 forward played a career-best 33 minutes against Houston and responded with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, which was his second double-double of the season. He is averaging nine points and eight rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the SLC.
Lamar is averaging 86.0 ppg and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 57.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 45 to 36.7.
UTPA is led in scoring by Sergio Sanchez at 22.3 ppg. He is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from 3-point range and 87.0 percent from the free throw line. He also leads the team with 15 assists and is averaging 3.3 rpg. He scored a game-high 26 points, including making 12-of-12 free throws, in last year's game against Lamar.
Chris Fagan is the only other Bronc averaging double-figures at 10.8 ppg to go along with 5.0 rpg. He is shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. He scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in last year's game.
UTPA is averaging 76.0 ppg and is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. The Broncs are outrebounding their opponents 42.8 to 34.8.