While Saturday’s game may have been against a Division III opponent, it could be just what the Lamar Cardinals needed to get their game back on track as conference play quickly approaches.
Coming into their contest against the Austin College Kangaroos, the Cardinals had lost their last three contests, all of which came on the road. Their three losses were by a combined 18.3 points.
But, the Cardinals were back on their home court on Saturday afternoon, and they put on a show for their home crowd in Beaumont, Texas.
Five different players scored in double figures, including three off the bench, and Lamar cruised to the 109-58 win over the Kangaroos to end their three-game slide.
Lamar fell behind early in the first half, as the Kangaroos opened up a 12-4 lead over the first three-plus minutes of the game. Brian Baehl hit a jumper at the 16:33 mark to give Austin College the early eight point lead.
The Cardinals would seize control of the game just before the midway point of the first half.
With 12:42 to play in the opening half, Colton Weisbrod got a layup to fall, giving the Cardinals a 15-14 lead over the Kangaroos. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
Weisbrod’s layup kicked off a 21-0 run for the Cardinals that blew the game wide open. Nick Garth capped off the run with a three pointer, and Lamar had a 35-15 lead with 8:21 to play in the first half.
At the break, Lamar held a 27-point lead over the Kangaroos, and it would only grow in the second half.
When all was said and done, the Cardinals gave their hometown fans a treat in their brief return to Beaumont. Lamar put an end to their three-game losing streak with a 109-58 win over the Austin College Kangaroos.
For the second year in a row, the Lamar Cardinals topped the 100-point mark against Austin College.
On Saturday, five players scored in double figures for Lamar, led by Colton Weisbrod’s 18 points and 8 rebounds. Joey Frenchwood was the other starter to score in double digits, adding 11 points in the win.
Three players off the bench reached double figures on the night. Nick Garth scored 13 points, Cameron McGee scored 16 points in 16 minutes of action, and Zjori Bosha scored 14 points and recorded a school record 10 steals for his first-career double-double.
Brian Baehl scored a team-high 11 points in the loss for the Kangaroos. Six players scored at least six points for Austin College.
With the win, the Lamar Cardinals (5-4, 0-0) put an end to their losing streak, and pushed their record at home to 3-0 to start the year. They head back on the road to take on the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros on Friday night.
– T. Bennett