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Lamar plays Southland home opener Monday against Southeastern La.

Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013

Updated: Sunday, January 6, 2013 18:01

Lamar University will look for its first Southland Conference basketball victory this season when the Cardinals host Southeastern Louisiana on Monday in the Montagne Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the women’s game between the two schools.

The Cardinals  played just one home game this season. Lamar, which won its only home contest 81-80 over LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 29, is 2-12 on the year and 0-2 in league play after road losses at Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State.

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on KLVI 560 AM with Dave Hofferth handling the play-by-play. It will also be streamed live on Lamar’s Athletic web site at www.LamarCardinals.com/allaccess.

This will be the 40th meeting between the two schools since 1951-52 when Lamar became a four-year institution. The Cardinals, who swept both games last year and have won three straight, hold a 23-16 series advantage. Lamar, which owns a 14-6 advantage at home, won the first meeting last year 83-59 in Hammond and then completed the sweep with a 70-54 win in the Montagne Center.

In last year’s 70-54 home win, Lamar guard Devon Lamb posted a double-double, and three other Cardinals scored at least 11 points. Lamb finished with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Anthony Miles added 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Mike James contributed 17 points and four boards. Charlie Harper registered 11 points and four rebounds. 

Roosevelt Johnson had a big game for the Lions, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half. The 6-foot-6 forward also led all players with 12 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Campbell added 10 points. 

Following Saturday’s 86-58 loss at Northwestern State, Lamar is now scoring 58.0 points per game and allowing 77.9 per game to its opponents. The Lions (3-9 overall, 1-1 in the Southland) are scoring 60.5 points per game and have allowed just under 71.

LU senior Stan Brown is coming off his third career double-double as he registered 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against the Demons. Brown is posting career-best averages of 9.9 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. 

Freshman forward D.J. Muepo got his first career start at NSU and responded with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Muepo, who has played in just five games this season after battling an injury, is posting 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Rhon Mitchell currently leads the Cardinals in scoring at 10.6 points per game. A redshirt freshman, Mitchell is second on the team in rebounding at 4.3 per game, but has struggled in Lamar’s two Southland Conference games. Mitchell had just four points and one rebound in each league game.

SLU is led by senior guard Brandon Fortenberry who is coming off a medical redshirt year in 2011-12. Fortenberry is averaging 12.9 points per game and is sixth in the Southland in 3-pointers made per game at 1.6. Johnson is posting 10.7 points per game and is fourth in the league in rebounding at 8.0 per contest. Junior guard Dre Evans is adding 8.6 points and 2.8 assists per game.

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