Lamar and Louisiana-Lafayette to renew rivalry Tuesday
Dec. 10, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Lamar University will continue its long-standing rivalry with Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday evening when the Cardinals travel to the Cajundome for a 7 p.m. men's basketball game.
This will be the 83rd meeting between the two schools with the series tied at 41 wins apiece. The Ragin' Cajuns are Lamar's second most common opponent behind only McNeese State (92 meetings). The game can be heard live in Beaumont on KLVI 560 AM with Dave Hofferth providing the play-by-play.
Lamar brings a 1-7 record into the game after falling 72-39 at Purdue a week ago. The Cardinals, who are playing their first 11 games on the road this season, got 14 points and nine rebounds from senior forward Stan Brown against the Boilermakers.
This will be the fifth straight year for Lamar and Louisiana-Lafayette to meet following a nine-year hiatus, with the two schools splitting the previous four contests. Lamar won last year's game 80-63 in Beaumont and last won in the Cajundome in 2008 by a 78-68 margin.
In last year's game, Lamar led 38-34 at the half as Mike James scored 15 of his game-high 25 points before intermission. The Cajuns pulled to within two points at 41-39, but Lamar scored the next five points and Louisiana-Lafayette got no closer than five the rest of the way.
The Cardinals shot a torrid 58.3 percent from the floor in the second half in outscoring the Cajuns 42-29 after the break. Lamar also finished with a 40-30 rebound advantage, including ripping down 17 off the offensive end.
Raymone Andrews led the Cajuns with 16 points, scoring all of them in the second half. Josh Brown added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while four other players scored seven points each.
Both Lamar and UL are giving up over 72 points per game on defense, but the Cardinals are averaging only 54.0 points per game on offense, while the Cajuns are scoring 69.0. The two teams are also grabbing right at 35 rebounds per game and allowing nearly 40 to their opponents.
Brown is the only Cardinal scoring in double-figures, leading the team with 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell is just behind at 9.8 points per game and he is adding five rebounds per contest, as well.
Junior transfer Amos Wilson is the only Cardinal other than Brown to start every game he has played in. Wilson, who did miss two games due to injury, is registering 5.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.8 steals per game.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the game with a 3-6 record after falling 77-72 at McNeese State on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns are coached by Bob Marlin in his third season with the school after 12 seasons with Southland Conference member Sam Houston State.
Redshirt freshman Shawn Long, who originally signed with Mississippi State, leads the team with averages of 16.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Sophomore guard Elfrid Payton is adding 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 steals per contest. Junior forward Bryant Mbamalu is the third double-figure scorer on the team at 11.3 points per game.