Dec. 27, 2004
Lamar vs. Arkansas State Game Notes
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BEAUMONT - After claiming its first road win of the season, Lamar returns home to host long-time rival Arkansas State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in non-conference men's basketball action at the Montagne Center.
Lamar (6-3) posted a 91-85 win at Tulsa last Wednesday behind a game-high 25 points from senior Raymond Anthony. The Cardinals, who have won two straight and five of their last six games, shot a season-best 92 percent from the free throw line, including making 13-of-14 in the final 1:11 to seal the win. Tonight's game is "Take a Kid to the Game" night. Children age 14 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.
Arkansas State (6-4) split a pair of games last week at the Office Depot Golden Bear Classic hosted by California. The Indians lost 82-91 to Pepperdine and defeated Hampton 65-57. Prior to the trip out West, ASU lost 74-77 at Southland Conference member Sam Houston State on Dec. 20.
This will be the 76th meeting between Lamar and ASU, who were members of the SLC, American South and Sun Belt conferences together. Lamar holds a 42-33 all-time series advantage with a 28-8 record in games played in Beaumont, 12-24 in Jonesboro, Ark., and 2-1 on a neutral court.
Lamar won the last meeting, 70-54, in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Tournament in Lafayette, La. on Feb. 28, 1998, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Indians. ASU's last win was 79-65 on Jan. 31, 1998 in Jonesboro. Billy Tubbs is 7-1 vs. ASU and Dickey Nutt is 4-3 vs. Lamar.
Junior Alan Daniels leads the Cardinals in scoring at 19.1 points per game, which ranks second in the SLC. The Tulsa native scored 24 points in the return to his hometown on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Daniels ranks fourth in the SLC in steals (2.11), four in 3-point field goals per game (3.11) and 10th in 3-point percentage (.452).
Anthony is second on the team in scoring at 15.2 ppg, which ranks fifth in the SLC. He leads the SLC in free throw percentage (.882), is fifth in assists (4.78), third in steals (2.22), third in 3-point field goals per game (3.22) and 13th in 3-point percentage (.408).
Junior Thomas Fairley is the only other Cardinal averaging double-figures at 11.4 ppg. He ranks fourth in the SLC in rebounding (7.1), second in blocked shots (1.43) and 11th in field goal percentage (.540). Junior Josh Goodwin recorded his second straight, and fourth of the season, double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds at Tulsa. He is averaging 8.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg, which leads the team and ranks second in the SLC. He is third in the SLC in field goal percentage (.627).
Lamar is averaging 84.3 ppg and is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 43.8 to 36.4 for a plus-7.3 margin.
Dewarick Spencer, who scored a game-high 31 points in the win over Hampton, leads ASU in scoring at 19.6 ppg. He is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
J.J. Montgomery is second on the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg). He is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. Isaac Wells is the only other Indian averaging double-figures at 10.7 ppg on 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field.
ASU is averaging 81.2 ppg and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from 3-point range and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Indians are outrebounding their opponents 41.1 to 36.0.