, Port Arthur, Texas

January 15, 2014

Cardinals head to New Orleans

The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — After a disappointing two-game homestand that saw the Cardinals drop games to Southland Conference foes Nicholls State and McNeese State, Lamar (1-15/0-4 SLC) now turns its attention to New Orleans.

The Privateers are currently in a two-way tie for 10th in the conference standings with a 4-8 overall record, and a 1-3 league mark. UNO has dropped four of its last five games, and is coming off a 77-58 setback against Incarnate Word.

Lamar, which has lost 12 straight games this season and its last 12 SLC outings, will step on the floor at Lakefront Arena looking to get out to a better start than what it had the last time out. The Cardinals knocked down only six shots (24 percent) in the opening against McNeese State Saturday, and were never able to recover.

Lamar is facing a UNO squad that has averaged 85 points per game in its four wins, but it’s a much different story in the team’s eight losses. During their setbacks, the Privateers have been held to 64 points per game.

New Orleans’ offense is led by senior Cory Dixon. The Argyle, Texas native, leads the team averaging 15 points per game, and is the lone Privateer in double figures. One of seven transfers on the UNO roster, Dixon has experience in the Southland Conference having signed with Northwestern State out of high school.

The Cardinals still have four players averaging 9.9 points, or better, on the season, led by junior Nimrod Hilliard’s 15.6 per game. LU is looking for more production from its bench. In the past two games Lamar’s reserves have been outscored, 56-7, and were held scoreless against Nicholls State.