Dec. 15, 2004
Lamar-Rice Game Notes
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HOUSTON - Riding a season-high three-game winning streak, the Lamar men's basketball team hits the road for just the second time this season with Thursday's 7 p.m. non-conference game against Rice University at Autry Court.
Lamar (4-2) is coming off a 66-59 overtime win over Air Force on Monday. Rice (5-1) is coming off a 10-day layoff for final exams after posting a 113-54 win over Grambling State on Dec. 6.
This is the sixth straight season that Lamar and Rice have met on the hardwood and 21st overall meeting. Rice holds a 14-6 all-time series advantage. The Owls are 9-2 in games played in Houston and 5-4 in Beaumont. Rice won last year's meeting 84-78 on Dec. 18 in Beaumont. Lamar's last win was 51-40 on Dec. 22, 1999 in Houston.
Lamar scored the first eight points and outscored Air Force 16-9 in the overtime period in Monday's 66-59 win over the Falcons. Senior Raymond Anthony led the Cardinals with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
The Cardinals' held a 31-5 advantage in bench scoring led by Teddy Davis' season-high 13 points. Lamar also outrebounded AF 42 to 20, including grabbing 15 on the offensive glass. Davis scored 14 points in last year's meeting with Rice.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game, but he's been hampered by an injury of late and was held to just six points in Monday's win. Junior Thomas Fairley is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg and leads the team and the Southland Conference in rebounding at 9.0 rpg.
Anthony is the only other Cardinals averaging double-figures at 14.3 ppg. He leads the team with 22 3-pointers made and ranks second in the SLC in 3-pointers made per game (3.67) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.440).
Lamar is averaging an SLC-best 80.5 ppg and is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 39.5% from 3-point range and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 41.7 to 36.8 for a plus-4.8 rebound margin. Lamar also has a plus-11.3 scoring margin.
Senior Michael Harris leads Rice in scoring at 19.0 ppg and rebounding 11.2 rpg. He scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over Grambling. He scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in last year's game at Lamar. Harris is shooting 64 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the free throw line.
Senior Jason McKrieth is the only other Owl averaging double-figures at 15.2 ppg on 51 percent shooting from the field. He scored 18 points in last year's game with Lamar. Sophomore Lorenzo Williams leads the team with 18 assists.
Rice is averaging 78.4 ppg and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 47.3 percent from 3-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Owls are outrebounding their opponents 41.4 to 35.0 for a plus-6.4 margin and have a plus-14.4 scoring margin.