Dec. 29, 2004
Lamar vs. Central Oklahoma Game Notes
Download Free Acrobat Reader
BEAUMONT - Following Tuesday's 86-70 win over Arkansas State, the Lamar men's basketball team closes out its non-conference schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. when Central Oklahoma visits the Montagne Center.
Lamar (7-3) is riding a three-game winning streak and has won five of its last six games. Thursday's game is a doubleheader with the Lady Cardinals, who host Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. Anyone who purchases a ticket for the women's game can stay and watch the men's game.
Central Oklahoma (8-2) has won two-straight entering tonight's contest. The Bronchos (pronounced as Broncos) posted wins over Angelo State, 91-61, on Dec. 9 and Abilene Christian, 105-89, on Dec. 11. UCO is coached by Terry Evans, who was a four-year letterwinner for Billy Tubbs at Oklahoma from 1988-94.
This will be the fourth meeting between Lamar and UCO with the Cardinals holding a 2-1 all-time series advantage. UCO won the first meeting, 82-81, on Dec. 28, 1966 in Edinburg. Lamar has won the last two meetings, 101-80 on Nov. 28, 1975 and 82-64 on Jan. 14, 1978.
Junior Alan Daniels led four Cardinals in double-figures with 21 points in Tuesday's win over Arkansas State. He leads the team and ranks second in scoring at 19.3 points per game. Daniels ranks third in the Southland Conference in three-pointers made per game (3.10) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.443). He has scored 20 or more points in a game six times this season.
Junior Thomas Fairley came off the bench to record a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a season-high five shots. He is third on the team in scoring at 11.6 ppg and is fourth in the SLC in rebounding at 7.5 rpg and second in blocked shots (1.88).
Senior Raymond Anthony was plagued by foul trouble and scored just six points on Tuesday. He is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 ppg, which ranks eighth in the SLC. He ranks fifth in the SLC in 3-pointers made (2.90) and is 14th in 3-point percentage (.403).
Junior Josh Goodwin is averaging 7.9 ppg and ranks third in the SLC in rebounding at 7.7 rpg. He also ranks third in the SLC in field goal percentage (.648).
Lamar is averaging 84.5 ppg and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals are outrebounding their opponents 43.5 to 37.2 for a plus-6.3 margin and have a plus-13.0 scoring margin.
Deshone Henderson, who scored a game-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in UCO's win over ACU, leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg and rebounding at 6.9 rpg. He is shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 43.1 percent from 3-point range and 71.8 percent from the free throw line.
Joe Kennerly is second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg). He is shooting 59.8 percent from the field and leads the team with eight blocked shots. Terry McVay (12.2 ppg) and Sam Belt (11.5 ppg) are the only other Bronchos averaging double figures.
UCO is averaging 89.6 ppg and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Bronchos are outrebounding their opponents 39.2 to 35.2 for a plus-4.0 margin and have a plus-13.6 scoring margin.