Thursday, November 29, 2007
Lamar, local talent visit Oxford
Kenny Dawkins, Justin Nabors, Currye Todd and Lamar Sanders had a homecoming November 16.
The four Lamar University basketball players, from Marshall and Benton counties, visited Oxford and Ole Miss as the Cardinals faced the Rebels. A large group was on hand to show their support for the local guys.
Ole Miss won the game, 108-70.
“We were coming here to win,” said second-year Lamar coach Steve Roccaforte in a story on the university’s web site. “We brought these four (Mississippi) players here, and we have an assistant coach who’s from around here (Don Skelton, formerly at Northwest). I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought this was a good early game for us to play.
“Ole Miss has a good team. They won the SEC West last year and have some talented, young players.”
Sanders, a senior from Hickory Flat, led the Cardinals with 14 points on five of seven shooting from the field. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, had four steals, two blocked shots and one steal. Nabors, a junior from Holly Springs, added 13 points on six of 10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. Todd, a senior from H.W. Byers, added 11 points. Dawkins, a junor from Holly Springs, had a cold night shooting the basketball, hitting just three of 10 attempts in scoring seven points.
The Cardinals returned to Beaumont, Texas, and fell 75-71 to Wyoming on Monday, Nov. 19. Dawkins was the hot man that night. He scored a game-high 22.
Lamar hosted Oral Roberts this past Saturday night. They then visit New Orleans November 28, go to Northern Illinois December 1 and host St. Gregory’s December 4.
Through three games, a 1-2 record, Dawkins is leading the team in scoring with a 12.7 per game average. Sanders and Nabors are averaging 10.3 and Todd 10. Nabors and Sanders are leading the team in rebounding, averaging 7 and 6.3, respectively.
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