Dec. 12, 2004
Lamar-Air Force Game Notes
Download Free Acrobat Reader
BEAUMONT - The Lamar men's basketball team puts its two-game winning streak on the line and closes out its four-game homestand Monday when the U.S. Air Force Academy visits the Montagne Center for a 7 p.m. game.
Lamar (3-2) is coming off an 85-68 win over Arkansas Tech on Saturday. Air Force (6-3) lost 64-42 at No. 3-ranked Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic. All Air Force personnel in the Golden Triangle area in uniform will gain free admission to Monday's game.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Lamar and Air Force. Lamar coach Billy Tubbs is 1-1 vs. the Falcons. The Cardinals are 4-6 all-time against teams from the Mountain West Conference.
Lamar placed four players in double-figures in the win over Arkansas Tech led by senior Raymond Anthony's season-high 22 points. The Cardinals continue to get solid production from their bench as senior Teddy Davis scored 12 points and junior Thomas Fairley added 14 points.
Lamar is getting an average of 23.9 points per game from the bench. Junior Nashid Beard turned in his best outing of the season, scoring 13 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots. Lamar shot 47.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team in scoring at 18.8 ppg and in steals with 12, and is tied for second in rebounding at 6.0 rpg. Fairley is second on the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 9.0 rpg. Anthony is the only other Cardinal in double-figures at 14.3 ppg.
Lamar is averaging 83.4 ppg and is shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from 3-point range and 60.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 41.6 to 40.0 and have a plus-12.2 scoring margin.
Air Force, under first-year coach Chris Mooney, shot just 27.8 percent from the field, including going 7-of-33 from 3-point range, in Saturday's loss at Georgia Tech. Junior Nick Welch led the Falcons with 16 points.
Welch leads the Falcons in scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.1 and 3.9, respectively. He is shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 50 percent (16-of-32) from 3-point range, and leads the team with 27 assists. Antoine Hood is the only other Falcon averaging double-figures at 11.7 ppg.
Air Force is averaging 57.6 ppg and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons are allowing just 47.3 ppg for a plus-10.2 scoring margin.