Dec. 28, 2010
Tulane Game Notes
NEW ORLEANS - Lamar University will look to make it two wins in a row against Tulane when the two schools square off Thursday night at 7 in a men's basketball contest from Fogelman Arena.
The Cardinals took last year's meeting 70-67 in Beaumont to pick up their first ever win against the Green Wave in four tries. Tulane leads 2-0 all-time in New Orleans with the last win coming by an 81-71 score during the 2000-01 season.
Lamar has dropped its last two games and is coming off a 78-72 home loss to Canisius on Dec. 22. The Green Wave have won their last two after knocking off Southern University 68-65 on Dec. 23.
Last year's game with Tulane came right down to the wire with Lamar moving ahead 60-58 with 2:57 to play on a Kendrick Harris layup, and never giving up the lead again. The Cardinals shot a solid 47.9 percent from the floor, but it was one of only two games last year in which they did not manage to make a 3-pointer.
Five Cardinals scored in double-figures, led by Anthony Miles with 18 points. Justin Nabors added a double-double for the Cardinals with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ozen High School product Kris Richard posted a double-double for the Green Wave with 15 points and 12 boards.
In the loss to Canisius, the Cardinals did get a big boost off their bench as Mike James and Donley Minor combined to score 27 of LU's 52 bench points. The backcourt duo combined to shoot 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Lamar enters Thursday's game as the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation at 87.6 points per game. The Cardinals are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 71.9 percent from the free throw line, and are allowing 78.5 points per game to their opponents.
Two Cardinals are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Harris' 11.5 points per game. Junior forward Charlie Harper is putting up 11.1 points per game, and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. Five other Cardinals are scoring at least seven points per game.
Tulane is scoring 72.2 points per game, and is one of the better defensive teams in the country as far as points per game allowed at 59.7. The Green Wave are connecting on 44.4 percent of their field goal attempts and are averaging a solid 12.4 turnovers per game.