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November 17, 2012

Shooting woes doom Lamar in 70-49 loss at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A year after losing by 18 points in the Montagne Center,

Charlotte returned the favor to the Lamar men’s basketball team, handing the

Cardinals a 70-49 loss Saturday evening at Halton Arena.

The Cardinals, who were playing the first of their three games over four days,

fell to 0-3 with the loss. Lamar will play host Virginia on Monday at 6 p.m. in

a third-round NIT Season Tip-Off contest before closing out the NIT with IUPUI

on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think this early schedule is making us tougher,” said second-year head

coach Pat Knight. “I have a lot of inexperienced guys. You just have to get

experience. The two problems we’re having are turnovers and we’re playing

soft. You can’t have those two, but kids aren’t used to this pressure.

“Charlotte is a good team. They have all the pieces. They’re big, strong and

they play well together. Playing teams like this will get us ready for

conference and that’s how I have to look at it. But, having said that, I

don’t like losing.”

After falling behind 39-22 at the half, the Cardinals scored four quick points

to open the second half and get back within 13 points. The Cardinals could not

overcome their shooting woes and would get no closer the rest of the way,

however. LU hit just 19 of its 61 shots on the night (31.1 percent), while the

host 49ers finished with 10 more made field goals.

For the third straight game, turnovers plagued the young Cardinals. LU finished

with 22 turnovers which Charlotte was able to convert into 25 points. The 49ers

were also able to take advantage of their length to outscore the Cardinals 40-26

in the paint.

Charlotte’s lead grew to 29 points late in the second half, including a 70-41

margin with 4:02 to play after DeMario Mayfield grabbed an offensive rebound and

scored on the put back.

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