Cards Close Non-Conference Slate at Colorado State Lamar hoops face Rams in afternoon road tilt
BEAUMONT, Texas – After taking a few days off for Christmas, the Lamar men's basketball team will be back in action Saturday afternoon to take on Colorado State. The Rams are 8-2 (.800) on the season, but have split their last four games after starting the season 6-0. The Cardinals will be looking to put an end to a seven-game skid after knocking off Savannah State in the Global Sports Showcase.
Lamar is coming off an 87-74 setback at Canisius this past Saturday, a game that saw the Cards battle back from double-digit deficits in both halves only to watch the Golden Griffins pull away late in the contest. Colorado State was on the other end of a 13-point decision last time out defeating Illinois-Chicago, 74-61.
Despite the early season skid, the Cardinals have picked up the pace in the past four games. Lamar is averaging 79 points per game over the course of the past four games. In the past seven losses five have been by single digits, including three by five points or less, and one coming on a shot at the buzzer.
Lamar enters the non-conference finale shooting nearly 45 percent from the field (44.8), and 34 percent from beyond the arc. In addition to the improved offensive numbers, the Cardinals have also begun attacking the glass with more effectiveness. In the past two games, Lamar has outrebounded its opponents by 14.
That is a trend that LU like to see continue as it enters Saturday's game against Colorado State. The Rams are averaging 82 points per game, and outscoring opponents by more than 13 points per contest. CSU is also outrebounding opponents by nearly 11 rebounds per contest.
The Rams have three players averaging in double digits, led by J.J. Avila's 20 points per game. It is the second consecutive game the Cardinals defense will look to slow down a team averaging 20 points per contest.
The Cardinals have four players averaging double-digits, led by junior college transfer Nimrod Hilliard. Making an early push for Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year honors, Hilliard has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season (15.6 ppg).
Saturday's contest will tip off at 2 (3 p.m. Central time) from Moby Arena. It will also be televised on the Mountain West Network.