Dallas Colleges: Josh Lomers

Udoh, Lomers ready for bruising matchup

March, 28, 2010
HOUSTON -- Baylor's big men, 6-foot-10 Ekpe Udoh and 7-footer Josh Lomers better pack on the body armor for today's South Region final against Duke's low-scoring, but bruising front line.

Duke's 7-footer Brian Zoubek showed off an array of body of body art Saturday. Not tattooes, but black-and-blue battle wounds and scars from doing the dirty work in the paint. Along with 6-10 brothers Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee, Duke is an exceptional rebounding team.

Zoubek said he has a plan for thwarting Baylor's exceptional zone defense, finding a way to elude Udoh and crashing the offensive boards. It starts with pump fakes to a get a shot off and then concentrating on cleaning the glass.

"He'll come over and try to block shots on our guards when they drive," Zoubek said of Udoh. "Then the lane will be wide open for offensive rebounding and he won't be blocking out when he tries to block shots."

Zoubek, who averages 7.6 rebounds a game, rotates with the Plumlee brothers, who provide more athleticism and shot blocking.

The Bears have been solid inside and, like Duke, are accustomed to controlling the boards. Lomers is playing his best basketball of the season with 16 rebounds, 12 coming on the offensive glass, in the past two games after averaging fewer than four a game in the regular season.

"We're just going to do the same thing we've done throughout the season, stick with what got us here," Lomers said. "They're good players and we're just going to do our thing."

Udoh said Baylor's 11-5 run through the Big 12 Conference, rated No. 1 in the nation in RPI, has them plenty prepared for swapping elbow blows in the paint.

"The Big 12 has gotten us ready for this stage," Udoh said. "I mean, Kansas State, Kansas, Texas. Everybody in the Big 12 had tough big men. So I think we're ready for this challenge."

Are Baylor, Purdue headed for rematch?

March, 26, 2010
HOUSTON -- Remember who beat Baylor in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament, the Bears' first entry in 20 years?

Yep, the Purdue Boilermakers, 90-79.

They'll meet again on Sunday with the South Region title and a berth in the Final Four on the line if No. 3 Baylor gets past No. 10 Saint Mary's and No. 4 Purdue upsets No. 1 Duke tonight at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

While both rosters have changed, many of this season's key players for both teams played in the 2008 game, including Tweety Carter, LaceDarius Dunn and Josh Lomers for the Bears.

Injured Purdue star Robbie Hummel didn't play a major role in that game, scoring nine points in 17 minutes. But, Chris Kramer, the hero in last week's second-round win over Texas A&M, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson combined for 36 points.

The Boilermakers blew the 2008 game open in the first half on 50 percent shooting while knocking six 3-pointers to lead 46-27 at halftime.

Baylor's Lomers doesn't deny who he is

March, 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Name the Baylor player who ranks as the career leader in victories (77) and field-goal percentage (66.3), is second in games played and is having the best season of his career. Tweety Carter? LaceDarius Dunn?

Try Josh Lomers.

The 7-foot, 280-pound senior has seen the Baylor program rise first-hand and has been a part of it every step of the way. The No. 3 Bears' first-round NCAA tournament game Thursday morning against No. 14 Sam Houston State will be Lomers' 33rd consecutive start this season and the 73rd of his career. It will be his 126th career game, two shy of Carter, the current career leader.

Hulking, lumbering and just a little bit goofy, Lomers might not possess the name recognition of some of his teammates, but there's no way you can miss him.

"I don’t really deny that big, white guy stereotype. I just try to work with it in my game and excel at being a big white guy --get rebounds, set screens and do my job," Lomers said. 'I’m not worried about how people see me. If they see me as a big white guy, that’s OK, I’m all right with that."

Lomers is averaging career highs in points (6.6), rebounds (3.6) and minutes (17.3) His 50 offensive rebounds rank third on the team. His seven double-figure scoring games is one shy of his total in the three previous seasons. His mammoth frame provides Baylor a defensive anchor in the middle in the 2-3 zone. And lately he's been a blocking machine with nine over the last four games, while 15 of his 34 blocks on the season have come in the last 10 games.

Donning thick sideburns, a scruffy beard and mostly looking like he just woke up, Lomers also has a dry, keen sense of humor. Asked who the least-known Baylor starter is, Lomers looked up as if to twirl the question around in his mind before saying, "Hmm, I don’t know, probably either me or Ant [Anthony Jones].

Then he continued: "Probably me. I don’t know because obviously the Big Three (Carter, Dunn and Ekpe Udoh) are the Big Three and everybody knows about them, so me and Ant, we do our jobs, we play our roles and I think we do good things. Nothing down about us, but we’re just not as big as personalities as those guys."

A three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection (2008, 2009, 2010), Lomers is double-majoring in human resource management and finance. He's on pace to graduate in May, but hopes he won't be taking a desk job any time soon. After all, somewhere in this great, big basketball world, someone could use a team-oriented 7-foot center who knows who he is and isn't afraid to say it.

"I hope to get a job plyaing basketball somewhere," Lomers said. "If I can get paid for doing something I love I guess I’ll never have to work a day in my life. But after that, hopefully go into management somewhere and run with it."