Complete Lamar-ATU Game Notes
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Dec. 10, 2004
BEAUMONT - Following Tuesday's win over Texas-Pan American, the Lamar Cardinals continues its four-game homestand Saturday when Arkansas Tech visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game in non-conference men's basketball action.
Lamar evened its record at 2-2 on the season following the 74-66 win over the Broncs. Arkansas Tech is 4-3 on the season and is coming off an 82-72 loss at Florida Gulf Coast University last Saturday. This will be the first meeting between Lamar and ATU.
Junior Alan Daniels led the team in scoring for the third time in four games on Tuesday, pumping in 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Daniels leads the team and the SLC in scoring at 22.0 ppg and ranks second in 3-pointers made per game at 3.25.
Sophomore Blake Whittle provided the Cardinals with an offensive spark off the bench against UTPA. The 6-6 guard scored 13 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Junior Jason Grant, coming off the bench for the first time this season, added a season-high 11 points.
Junior Thomas Fairley, who has missed the last two games after undergoing a medical procedure, has been cleared to return to action tonight. A 6-9 forward, Fairley is averaging 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg. Senior Raymond Anthony is averaging 12.3 ppg and ranks third in the SLC with 3.00 3-pointers per game. The 5-11 guard leads the SLC with a 3.67 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Lamar is averaging a league-best 83.0 ppg and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 60.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 44.5 to 39.8.
Terrence Martin leads four ATU players averaging double-figures in scoring at 15.3 ppg. He is shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Rone Smith, who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds at Florida Gulf Coast, is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. He is shooting 67.2 percent from the field.
ATU is averaging 69.9 ppg and is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from 3-point range and 60.6 percent from the free throw line. The Wonder Boys have wins over Williams Baptist (90-79), Northeastern State (67-65), Missouri Southern (78-63) and Rhema (85-56).
NOTE - The Lamar Lady Cardinals precede the Cardinals on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Centenary College. Anyone who buys a ticket to the women's game came bring that ticket stub to the men's game and gain a free admission.