Dec. 20, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. -
Lamar Game Notes | Canisius Game Notes
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Sometimes the best remedy for trying to get over a loss similar to the one the Lamar men suffered Wednesday evening is to get right back on the court. The Cardinals don't have to wait long to erase the memory of their three-point setback at the buzzer against LIU-Brooklyn as they return to action Saturday afternoon to face Canisius (7-4). The game against the Golden Griffins - the second on the team's swing through New York - is the final game before the team will take couple of days off for Christmas and the second of a five-game road swing.
Lamar's three-point setback against the Blackbirds was one game in what has become an unfortunate trend over the course of the past couple of weeks. During its current six-game drought, five of those games have been single-digit losses, including three by five points or less. The positive sign for head coach Pat Knight and his staff is that the offense has been taken to another level. Lamar is shooting 53 percent from the floor in the past three games, and has averaged nearly 80 points per game during that stretch.
Against LIU-Brooklyn, the Cards had four players in double digits for the first time this season, including two that hit the 20-point plateau. It is the third-straight game a Cardinal has scored at least 20 points in a game.
Another area of improved play from the Cardinals was on the glass. The Cardinals pulled down a season-high 41 boards to outrebound their opponents by 10.
The Cardinals enter Saturday taking on a Canisius squad that has caught fire right before the break. The Golden Griffins have won four of the last five games, and are coming off a 10-point victory over Holy Cross.
The Cardinals will need a similar effort, offensively, to what it has received over the course of the past three games. The Golden Griffins bring a high-powered offense (72.5 ppg) into the contest led by Billy Baron's 20 points per contest. Baron is one of three players in double digits for Canisius.
The second all-time meeting between the two schools, Saturday's contest will tip off at 4:15 (3:15 p.m. Central time) p.m. from Buffalo.