BEAUMONT – Pat Foster and seven of his players who had Lamar University in the NCAA or NIT tournament for the first six years of the 1980s have been saluted on the Southland Conference 1980s All-Decade team.
Foster, who guided the Cardinals to three Southland titles and six straight postseason tournament appearances, was named co-coach of the decade of the ‘80s, along with Louisiana Tech’s Andy Russo. His selection gives Lamar a coach of the decade in each of
the three decades released by the league office, after Jack Martin was co-head coach of the 1960s and Billy Tubbs represented the 1970s.
Foster left Lamar with a sparkling 134-49 overall record, NCAA tournament wins over Missouri and Alabama and a 49-19 mark in conference play. His .732 winning percentage is the best of any Lamar coach.
Cardinal players on the 20-man team of the decade included B.B Davis (1977-81), Jerry Everett (1983-85), James Gulley (1984-87), Mike Olliver (1977-81), Kenneth Perkins (1980-84), Lamont Robinson (1981-84) and Tom Sewell (1981-84).
While Lamar put more players on the 1980s team than any other school, the two biggest names were McNeese State’s Joe Dumars and Louisiana Tech’s Karl Malone, both of whom were taken in the first round of NBA drafts. Dumars was chosen the SLC Player of the Decade.
Lamar’s Olliver, meanwhile, was a four-time all-conference performer, is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,518 career points and his 50-point effort against Portland State stood as Lamar’s single-game high for 31 years. The 1981 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Olliver was named a Citizen’s Savings Foundation First-Team All-American that same year.
He was taken as the 32nd pick of the 1981 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, then traded to the Indiana Pacers.
Davis was also a four-time all-conference performer, earning Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year honors in 1978. A two-time USBWA All-District VI honoree, Davis is the only player in Lamar history with over 2,000 career points (2,084) and 1,000 career rebounds (1,122).
Davis averaged 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for his career and ranks second in school history in points, rebounds, field goals made and blocked shots. He was chosen in the fourth round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings.
Gulley was twice named All-Southland Conference before earning All-American South Conference honors as a senior. A 6-foot-8 forward, Gulley is third all-time in Lamar history in scoring (1,832) and rebounding (967). As a junior, Gulley averaged 19.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and he posted career averages of 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Sewell played just three seasons for the Cardinals but still put up 1,496 career points. As a senior, Sewell was named the 1984 Southland Conference Player of the Year after averaging 22.9 points per game. Also a first-team all-conference
selection as a junior, Sewell posted career averages of 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
He was taken with the 22nd pick of the 1985 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, then traded to the Washington Bullets.
Perkins was a three-time all-conference performer who finished his career with 1,299 points and 912 rebounds. Perkins helped the Cardinals to two NCAA Tournament and two Postseason NIT appearances during his playing career.
Everett played two years for the Cardinals, earning first-team all-conference and Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors as a senior. During his senior campaign, Everett averaged 16.9 points as Lamar advanced to the second round of the Postseason NIT. For his career, Everett averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Robinson earned Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors as a junior before helping the Cardinals advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they would lose by just two to No. 13 Villanova. Robinson was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior who finished his career with 304 assists and 130 steals.
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