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LU can add to statement out west

By now, Lamar has captured the attention of men’s college basketball powers on the West Coast with its 63-60 win at Oregon State on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals (2-0) can finish their two-game West Coast swing today with a win at Fresno State (1-1), where they dropped an 80-72 decision a year ago. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Central at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and the Mountain West Conference Network will carry the game with KLVI-AM 560 broadcasting it on radio.

Lamar has not beaten Fresno State in two tries, the first coming in the 1981-82 season.

With a win today, the Cards can improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2008-09. Their 2-0 start is the best since 2010-11. All-time, Lamar has attained 950 victories.

Fresno State is led by senior swingman Paul Watson (19 points per game), senior forward Cullen Russo (17 ppg, 61.1 percent field-goal shooting) and junior guard Jaron Hopkins (13 ppg, 50 percent FG shooting).

Junior transfer Colton Weisbrod is averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 10 rebounds per game) for Lamar and should get the start along with Josh Nzeakor (12 ppg, 4 rpg) in the frontcourt, guards Marcus Owens, Torey Noel and Joey Frenchwood. Guard Nick Garth (11 ppg) has been steady off the bench for the Cardinals.

Fresno State is closing a challenging three-game homestand vs. Texas teams to start the season, having beaten UTSA 69-66 and lost to Prairie View A&M 84-78.

— I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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