BEAUMONT, Tex. — Two games into the season, and the Lamar Cardinals have the look of a top team in the Southland Conference in 2017-18.
The Cardinals came into Thursday with a 2-0 record, and were looking to make it three straight wins to open the season when they took on the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs in Beaumont, Texas. Wins over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have given the Cardinals a big boost of momentum moving forwards.
Against the Bulldogs, the Cardinals were simply too much. The home side used a pair of 50+ point halves to push themselves over the century mark for the first time since December 21st, 2016, when they put up 125 points on the Arlington Baptist Huskies.
Both Colton Weisbrod and Tyrin Atwood recorded double-doubles in the win for the Cardinals. Atwood came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Weisbrod finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Lamar to the victory.
Chasten King scored 15 points to lead the way for the Bulldogs, who had three players reach double-figures on the night.
The teams traded baskets early on, and the Bulldogs took a slim 8-7 lead with 15:29 to play on a layup from Isaiah Lopez. Lamar answered on their next possession, and a layup from Josh Nzeakor gave the Cardinals the lead for good.
As the first half wore on, they built on their lead. The Cardinals took a 52-30 lead into the break, and would continue to stretch their lead over the course of the second frame.
Lamar would stretch their lead to as many as 40 points on a pair of occasions in the closing minutes. Coincidentally, both times they took a 40-point lead were on a three pointer from Cannon Broussard.
Broussard saw his first action in the NCAA, recording eight points in just six minutes in his debut.
Lamar cruised in the second half for the 103-66 victory over Jarvis Christian.
In total, Lamar had ten guys see the floor on the night. Every player recorded at least two points, with three in double figures.
Fresh off his 17-point performance against the Chanticleers, James Harrison came off the bench to record five points and four rebounds.
Lamar (3-0) has gone perfect on the first half of their four-game home swing. The Cardinals welcome the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to town on Sunday afternoon.
– T. Bennett