Dec. 28, 2007
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Lamar continues on its brief two-game homestand
after a break for the Christmas holiday when the
Cardinals play host to Lyon College in the final game
of the 2007 calendar year.
Lamar-Lyon Series History
This is the first-ever meeting between the Cardinals
and Lyon. The last time Lamar met a team from
Arkansas was two years ago when Billy Tubbs' final
team won at Arkansas State, 91-81, on Dec. 14, 2005.
Texas Tech Game Time Changed
Due to Texas Tech's Gator Bowl football game on
Jan. 1, Lamar's game against the Red Raiders in
Lubbock has been moved to 6 p.m. CST.
The Season of Giving... and Keeping
Over the last four games, Lamar has averaged 17.8
assists per game, compared to just over 12 apg during
the first six games. In fact, the Cardinals have
assisted on 57.3 percent of their field goals over the
stretch. Lamar has also done a better job of taking
care of the basketball, turning it over 14.8 times -
well below the 17.7 early on in the season. In fact,
LU's turnover margin has gone from +1.5 to +7.3
and sits at +3.8 on the season, which leads the
Lamar With Three In SLC Top 15 In 3-Pointers
By virtue of his 3-for-5 performance from behind the
arc last week against Rice, Brandon McThay moved
into first place in the Southland Conference in threepoint
field goal accuracy, checking in at 47.6 percent
on 10-of-21 this season. Additionally, Kenny
Dawkins ranks fourth at 43.1% and Currye Todd is
15th at 36.7%. Lamar is the only school with three
players in the top 15. As a team, the Cardinals rank
fifth at 33.2% and third in 3-pointers made per game
More On The 3-Ball
Since Steve Roccaforte took over at Lamar last season,
the Cardinals have made 339 total 3-pointers for
an average of 8.1 per game. In the 42 games, LU has
made at least 10 treys 14 times, including three this
year. The season-high 16 made against Louisiana
College on Dec. 8 are tied for the third-most in
school history and the second-most in the SLC this
season. Only once in the past two seasons have the
Cardinals failed to make less than four in a game (vs.
NSU in the SLC Tournament).
Sanders Nine Points Shy Of 500 At Lamar
Senior F Lamar Sanders moved closer to 500 career
points as a Cardinal with his nine-point, 11-rebound
game against Rice last week. He enters the Lyon
game with 491 points in 42 games in a Cardinal jersey.
The preseason All-SLC pick from Hickory Flat,
Miss., has averaged 11.7 points in 42 games - all
starts. Sanders was named Second Team All-SLC a
year ago after scoring 391 points for a 12.2 ppg average
and pulling down a leagubest 9.8 rpg.
Barrow Sitting On 99 Career 3-Pointers Made
Senior G Matthew Barrow has made 99 career threepoint
field goals in his 2-plus seasons with the
Cardinals. He connected on 35 treys as a sophomore
and 50 a year ago. He is currently 27 away from
cracking the Lamar career top-10 list.
Dawkins Third In SLC In Minutes Played; 11 Cardinals With 10-plus MPG
Junior G Kenny Dawkins enters the Lyon game
ranked third in the SLC in minutes played at 31.7.
While that is nearly six minutes more per outing than
Lamar Sanders' 26 mpg, all 11 regular players for
the Cardinals are averaging at least 10 mpg. Over the
last four games, head coach Steve Roccaforte has
implemented the same starting lineup and has nine
players averaging 10-plus mpg, with no players on
the floor for more than 29 mpg.
Lyon College, which is located in Batesville, Ark.,
comes to Beaumont with a 5-4 record after dropping
its most recent game, 76-70, at Central Baptist
College. Prior to that Dec. 14 contest, the Scots had
won three consecutive. Lyon is 2-3 on the road this
year. As a team, Lyon is averaging 70 points per
game and shooting 44 percent from the floor. The
Scots have pulled down 37.7 rebounds per game
while limiting their opponents to just 30 rpg. Senior
forward Levi Taylor leads the team in scoring (18.2
ppg), rebounding (6.2 rpg), blocks (13 total) and
steals (9 total). He is also a threat from the outside as
his 17 3-pointers made leads the team. Senior
Jonathan Donaldson is the only other Scot to post
double figures in scoring (16.2) and averages 3.6
assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Last Game - Lamar 66, Rice 49
Brandon McThay made three first-half 3 pointers
and Lamar University closed the opening 20 minutes
on a 21-7 run as the Cardinals defeated Rice, 66-49,
at the Montagne Center last Saturday night.
All of McThay's game-high 13 points came in
the opening half as he was perfect from the floor in
converting a pair of layups to go with his triples. He
has now scored 48 points in the last four games as
the Cardinals have gone 3-1. Lawrence Nwevo finished
with 11 points and Matthew Barrow came off
the bench to add 10 points and six rebounds.
Lamar (4-6) shot 52 percent in the first half
thanks in large part to a 6-of-11 effort from 3-point
range. The Cardinals also executed their full court
pressure to the tone of 20 points from 14 Owl
With the scored tied at 2-2 two minutes into the
game, Lamar opened up a 20-6 lead as six different
players scored during the 18-4 stretch that included
three 3-pointers and a pair of fastbreak layups.
Lamar saw its lead move to 25 points following
three consecutive Nwevo buckets in the lane, with
the last coming at 16:23. Rice then began chipping
away and cut the margin to 55-48 with 5:56 remaining
but couldn't get any closer. Lamar closed the
game on an 11-1 run with its last seven points coming
from the charity stripe. The Cardinals shot just
61 percent from the free-throw line but Rice wasn't
any better, converting just 59 percent of its 22
Lamar snapped a six-game losing streak to Rice
and improved to 3-0 against the Owls in games
played on Dec. 22. Rice leads the series 16-7.
The Cardinals out-rebounded the Owls 40-30,
including an 18-8 edge on the offensive glass. Lamar
also got 23 points from its bench.
Lamar players drew four charges - Matthew
Barrow, Justin Nabors, Lawrence Nwevo and Lamar
Lamar assisted on 14 of its 23 field goals for 60.9
pct. mark - its second-highest this season behind the
62.5 mark against Wyoming
Lamar forced three 10-second violations and forced
seven turnovers as a direct result of its full-court
press. The Cardinals got 11 points off those opportunities.