, Port Arthur, Texas

January 11, 2013

LU still seeking first SLC victory

The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Lamar University will go in search of its first Southland

Conference basketball victory Saturday evening at 6 p.m. when the Cardinals host

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Montagne Center.

    The Cardinals are playing their third straight home contest following

Thursday’s 68-57 loss to Sam Houston State. The loss dropped the Cards to 2-14

on the year and 0-4 in league play.

    The Islanders opened the 2012-13 season with

a 60-49 win over Texas Lutheran but have since lost 12 straight, including all

three Southland games.

    Saturday is Elementary Appreciation Night, with free admission for all students

in fifth grade or below with a proper ID or school T-shirt.  

     Three Cardinals scored in double-figures in Thursday’s loss to the Bearkats

with junior forward Amos Wilson posting 12 points, eight rebounds and three

steals. Freshman Keilan Blanks came off the bench to register 11 points and four

assists and Donley Minor added 10 points.

    The Cardinals and Islanders have both struggled this season due in large part to

their respective offensive deficiencies. Lamar is averaging 58.2 points per game

and AMCC is not much better at 59.6. The Islanders are last in the Southland in

shooting at 37.9 percent.

     Lamar is led in scoring by redshirt freshman Rhon Mitchell at 10.7 points per

game. The forward is also grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Senior forward Stan

Brown is posting 9.7 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.