MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lamar to visit UTSA in Tournament

Published 10:24 pm Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Lamar men’s basketball team won’t be staying home during the postseason. released pairings for its 10th annual tournament Sunday night. Lamar will visit UTSA for a 7 p.m. Wednesday tipoff.

Lamar lost to Texas State in last year’s CIT first round.

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“The NCAA tournament was obviously the goal for Lamar University – and it always will be, but we are excited to have the opportunity to continue playing in the postseason,” Lamar coach Tic Price said in a statement. “The Southland tournament didn’t go the way we wanted but I’m happy our guys get another chance to play basketball. I’m really excited for our seniors who have worked very hard to change the culture of Lamar University basketball.”

Lamar’s hopes for an NCAA tournament berth ended bitterly with a 67-57 loss to Central Arkansas last Wednesday in the Southland Conference tournament in Katy. Lamar (19-13) had to win four games in four days at Katy to earn the automatic NCAA berth, but that went to Stephen F. Austin after its win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.

UTSA is 19-14 overall and finished 11-7 in Conference USA. The Roadrunners beat UTEP and lost to Marshall in the conference tournament.

Teams will be re-paired after each round in the Tournament, or CIT.

The Lamar women’s team is guaranteed a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament as the Southland regular season champion. Lamar, which lost to Nicholls State in Saturday’s Southland tournament semifinal, will find out its tournament destination Monday after 7 p.m. First-round games in the WNIT are scheduled for March 17-19. Tournament pairings

First round

Central Michigan (19-14) at Fort Wayne (18-14), 11 a.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network)

Abilene Christian (16-15) at Drake (16-16), 1 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network)

North Carolina A&T (20-14) at Liberty (20-14), 5 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network)

Hartford (19-13) at San Diego (18-13), 9 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network)

Saint Francis U. (Pa.) (18-12) at Ill.-Chicago (17-15), time TBD Wednesday

Niagara (19-13) at Eastern Michigan (21-12), time TBD Wednesday

UTSA (19-14) at Lamar (19-13), time TBD Wednesday

La.-Monroe (16-15) at Austin Peay (18-14), time TBD Thursday




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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