After a sluggish start to the season, the Lamar Cardinals have turned things around. Despite seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies, they still entered Monday night with four wins in their past five games.
Following the loss to the Hokies, the Cardinals returned home for a three-game home stand to end the non-conference portion of their schedule. With all three of the games against non-Division I opponents, the Cardinals have a great opportunity to enter Southland Conference play with momentum behind them.
Coming off a win over Jarvis Christian, the Cardinals turned their attention to the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
Lamar led for all but 1:09 of the contest, and cruised over the Bulldogs to the 86-69 victory.
Less than 15 seconds into the game, Dorian Chatman found himself at the free throw line, looking to get the Cardinals on the board. Chatman made 1-of-2 from the line, and Lamar was out to an early lead.
Zach Behr would respond for the Bulldogs, making a layup to give Texas Lutheran a slim 2-1 lead. That was the last time that the Bulldogs would hold a lead in the game, as it was all about the Cardinals from then on out.
A 13-1 run for the Cardinals, capped off by five straight points from Marcus Owens, opened up a 14-3 lead for Lamar, and the home team was off and rolling.
As the first half wore on, Lamar would slowly build on their lead. The Bulldogs would keep fighting, cutting the deficit to as little as 8 points on several occasions, but never threatened the lead of the Cardinals.
The Bulldogs went on a mini 10-4 run in the final 2:03 of the half to enter the break with a bit of momentum, but the Cardinals held a commanding 46-32 advantage.
Lamar opened the second half on a 6-0 run, stretching their lead to 20 points and keeping the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for almost 3 minutes. Lincoln Davis capped off the run with a layup to give Lamar a 52-32 lead.
Credit the Bulldogs for continuing to fight, despite having their backs firmly against the wall. They were able to cut the deficit to 14 points at the 5:25 mark on a layup from Jackson Willoughby, but that was as close as they would get.
Lamar would cruise down the stretch, and rolled to the 86-69 victory, giving them their second-straight win and fifth in their last six games.
While the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs never led after their 2-1 advantage early in the game, they still put up a strong effort in the loss. Sterling Holmes and Alex Cage tied for the team-high with 12 points in the contest.
Jordan Kouremetis added 11 points in the loss.
As for the Lamar Cardinals, four different players reached double-figures in the win, led by Lincoln Davis who scored a game-high 15 points. Dorian Chatman and Preston Mattingly added 14 points apiece.
The win over the Bulldogs was the second-straight victory, and fifth win in the last six games for the Lamar Cardinals (7-4). They will look to keep their winning ways going and close out their home stand with a win over the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets on December 29th.