Dec. 20, 2008
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Lamar welcomes NAIA and Red River Athletic
Conference member Huston-Tillotson to the
Montagne Center for a non-conference match-up on
Saturday night. Following a break around the
Christmas holiday, LU will play host to St.
Gregory's on Monday, Dec. 29.
Lamar-Huston-Tillotson Series History
Lamar and Huston-Tillotson are meeting for the
second time on the basketball court tonight, with the
Cardinals holding a 1-0 series lead. Lamar defeated
HT 123-76 in Beaumont on Dec. 3, 2003, in what
was Billy Tubbs' first season back at Lamar. That
game stands out as one of the more exciting contests
due to the performances of Raymond Anthony (31
pts, 7 ast, 5 3-pointers made), Terrell Petteway (27
pts on 12-of-17 shooting and 12 rebounds), Gil
Goodrich (14 pts, 7 ast, 7 stl) and Jason Grant (12
pts, 8 rebs and a Montagne Center record 8 blocked
Huston-Tillotson is a historically black college
located in Austin, with an enrollment of 785.
The Rams are 3-7 on the season and have
dropped their last two games - at Nicholls State (96-
53) and at St. Mary's (72-71) in San Antonio on
Wednesday night. HT has also played Texas State in
an exhibition contest, losing 104-81 on Nov. 19.
Tonight's game will count as an exhibition for HT.
HT was 9-21 last season and was picked to finish
tied for fifth in this year's Red River Athletic
Conference Preseason Poll.
D'mond Grismore leads the team in points (22.8)
and rebounds (9.1), while shooting .525 from the
floor, .357 from outside and .729 from the charity
stripe. He ranks third in the NAIA in scoring and
16th in rebounds. Grismore, along with James Black
(15.5 ppg), Robert Hartfield (17.6 ppg) and Gabe
Haskins (15.9 ppg) have accounted for 82.3 pct. of
their scoring and have taken 82.6 pct. of the Rams'
field goal attempts.
Home-Court Winning Streak Moves To 17
Lamar has now won 17-consecutive home
games, a figure that ranks as the eighth-longest
active skein in the nation.
The win streak is now over one year old since
starting with a 95-59 win over St. Gregory's on Dec.
Team Next Opponent, Date Streak
1. BYU Western Ore.,12/23/2008 53
2. Notre Dame Delaware, 12/20/2008 41
3. Tennessee Belmont, 12/20/2008 35
4. Kansas Temple, 12/20/2008 29
5. Georgetown Mt. St. Mary's, 12/20/2008 27
6. Michigan St. Ohio State, 1/6/2009 25
7. Utah St. Utah, 12/22/2008 21
8. Lamar Huston-Tillotson, 12/20/2008 17
Tulsa UTA, 12/23/2008 17
9. Davidson Samford, 1/3/2009 16
Texas Appalachian State, 1/2/2009 16
Home Win Streak Ranks Fourth In Lamar History
The 17-game home court winning streak also
ranks among the top-five all-time in Lamar history..
Streak First Win Last Win
80 2/18/78 3/9/84
35 12/9/61 2/27/64
18 3/8/64 1/6/66
17 11/4/07 Present
10 4 separate times
Montagne Center Turns 25 In 2008-09
The Montagne Center is celebrating its 25th
Anniversary this season. The 10,080-seat facility has
been very kind to the previous LU squads that have
come through. Lamar is 223-97 all-time in the facility
for a .696 winning percentage. The Cards are 29-5
(.853) in the arena in their third season under head
coach Steve Roccaforte
All I Want For Christmas Is One More Victory
With Saturday's game marking the final contest
before the Christmas holiday, we decided to research
the most victories before Christmas in school history
and this is what we found.
The school record is nine, held by Jack Martin's
1968-69 team en route to their school-record 15-0
start. The next highest total is eight by the 1978-79
squad coached by Billy Tubbs. A win on Saturday
would tie the 2008-09 team for the second-most
wins by Christmas in school history.
Brown Named SLC POW
Senior F Jay Brown was named the Southland
Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week on
Monday after leading Lamar to a 1-1 week that was
capped off with a 85-79 victory over Texas Tech.
Brown averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and
3.0 blocks per game while shooting .571 from the
floor and .917 from the free throw line.
For the season he is posting 14.4 points and 9.0
boards per contest. He has been the team's leading
scorer three times and leading rebounder seven. He
is the second Cardinal player to earn the award this
season, joining Kenny Dawkins who picked up the
accolade on Nov. 24.
In his last four games he has averaged 15.0
points and 9.3 rebounds. He has shot .541 pct from
the floor, .950 from the free throw line (19-of-20)
with 11 blocks - four against UofL alone - and three
Cards Getting Comfortable With Post Rotation
Entering the season it looked as if Lamar would
be able to employ as many as five players into the
rotation down low. But that all changed when Justin
Nabors (11.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg in 2007-08) went down
with a broken leg prior to the season and Lawrence
Nwevo underwent knee surgery in mid-November,
leaving Jay Brown, Coy Custer and Tristan Worrell
as the men down low.
That trio has combined to average 29.7 points,
17.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks thus far. They have
also combined to shoot .515 (101-of-196) from the
field and .817 (76-of-93) from the charity stripe.
Roc In Non-Conference
Following Saturday's win over Texas Tech,
Lamar is now 19-18 in non-conference regular-season
games under third-year head coach Steve
Roccaforte. LU went 6-7 in 2007-08 following a 1-5
With Lamar's 7-3 record thus far and four nonconference
contests remaining this season, the Cards
can secure an above .500 non-league record with one
more victory. The last time Lamar had a winning
non-conference record was during the 2005-06 season.
LU went 7-6 in 2005-06 after an 8-3 mark in
Year Non-Conf. Record
2008-09 7-3 w/4 games remaining
Free Throw Notes
Lamar has shot the ball very well from the free
throw line this season, converting at a 73.8 percent
rate through 10 contests. In fact, the Cardinals made
30-consecutive freebies from the 4:22 mark of the
second half of the Ohio game through the entire
Indiana State ball game.
Kenny Dawkins leads the team at 88.1 pct., followed
by Tristan Worrell at 83.8 pct. and Coy Custer
at 83.3 pct.
LU In The NCAA Stats
Lamar is ranked 94th in scoring offense, 122nd
in scoring margin, 45th in both free throw pct. and
87th in rebound margin, 72nd in steals per game and
74th in turnover margin.
Individually, Kenny Dawkins is ranked 35th in
FT Pct and 51st in steals per game, and Jay Brown is
ranked 52nd in rebounds per game and 73rd in
blocks per game.
Lamar eclipsed the 100-point plateau against
Louisiana College in the season-opener for the first
time this season and the 127th time in school history.
LU is now 117-10 (6-0 under Roc) when reaching
the century mark and 8-68 (0-3 under Roc) when
allowing 100 or more points.
Magic Number: 70
The Cards are 37-13 when scoring at least 70
points in two-plus seasons under Steve Roccaforte.
In 2007-08 LU was 18-7 when reaching the 70-point
plateau and 13-2 when holding the opposition under