BYU announced Wednesday a schedule change to accommodate Lamar University due to the effects of Hurrican Rita. The high-scoring Cardinals coached by Billy Tubbs will now play BYU in the Delta Center on Nov. 30th. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Lamar game to be played on Nov. 30 at the Delta Center due to conflicts caused by Hurricane Rita
PROVO -- BYU Athletics today announced a change to its men's basketball schedule to accommodate academic scheduling conflicts created at Lamar University by the effects of Hurricane Rita. The BYU vs. Lamar game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Marriott Center, will now be played on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The game will tip at 7 p.m.
Located in Beaumont, Texas, one of the cities hardest hit by Hurricane Rita, Lamar was forced to reschedule its fall academic calendar, which has placed the school's final exams on the original date of the BYU-Lamar game. BYU has been working with Lamar over the past several weeks to find a date and circumstances that would allow the game to be played instead of canceled.
"The effects of the hurricane have put Lamar in a difficult circumstance with the timing of their finals and our game. We have worked hard to find a way to accommodate their request to change the game," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "While the timing of the change is not ideal in many ways, it has given us the opportunity to continue the tradition of playing a game in Salt Lake City at the Delta Center."
The game will be played in the Delta Center because the Marriott Center is unavailable on Nov. 30 due to the annual Christmas Around the World production. This will be the third straight season BYU has played a game at the Delta Center (Oklahoma State in 2003-04 and Washington State in 2004-05).
"We are pleased to help ensure that these two teams will be able to play by hosting their game at the Delta Center," said Dennis Haslam, President of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment. "Our organization has always been a strong supporter of the schools in this community, and our our heart certainly goes out to Lamar University and all of those affected by the hurricanes in the Golf Coast region."
"I want to really encourage our fans to come out and support this game as we are trying to accommodate and support Lamar and the situation that Hurricane Rita has caused for them," Rose said. "This will be a fun game for the fans in the Delta Center. Lamar returns a good team this year, and Billy Tubbs is a hall-of-fame coach whose teams play a fast-paced style of basketball."
Tubbs has averaged nearly 21 wins each season in 30 years as a head coach at Oklahoma, TCU and Lamar, winning 66 percent of his games while earning a 624-326 record. Last year, Tubbs became only the eighth coach in NCAA history to record 100 wins at three different schools (Oklahoma 333, TCU 156, Lamar 104). He is the 28th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 600 or more career wins.
Tubbs returns four starters and nine lettermen from last year's 18-11 team, including Southland Conference leading scorer Alan Daniels, who averaged 19.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while making 77 three-point shots. Daniels finished 27th nationally in scoring last year to help the Cardinals rank eighth in the nation in scoring at 80.6 points per game.
BYU season ticket holders do not need to contact BYU to receive their Delta Center tickets. Comparable Delta Center tickets for the Nov. 30th game will be sent directly in the mail. Single-game tickets for the event will be available starting Monday, Nov. 14th. Lower bowl tickets are $14 and upper bowl tickets $5. Courtside VIP tickets, which include a pregame meal and halftime snacks, are $50.
ALL-SPORT TICKET DISTRIBUTION
Students with a BYU All-Sport Pass can use their pass to receive two tickets to the game. Student-ticket pickup for the game will begin Friday, Nov. 18th at 5:30 p.m. at the northeast corner of the Marriott Center prior to the BYU-Loyola Marymount season opener. Approximately 1,600 tickets have been reserved for students in the Delta Center's lower bowl, with additional tickets available in the upper bowl. After the initial pickup on Nov. 18th, All-Sport tickets can be redeemed at the Marriott Center Ticket Office. They can also be redeemed the day of the game at the Delta Center Ticket Office.