BEAUMONT, Tex. — For the second time in their past three games, the Lamar Cardinals topped the 100-point mark in front of their home crowd.
The Cardinals entered Wednesday’s game against the Southern-New Orleans Knights on the heels of their first loss of 2017-18. Lamar fell to the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners on Sunday, 85-73. In front of their home fans on Wednesday, the Cardinals were looking for a big bounce-back performance to get back in the win column.
Behind a balanced scoring attack, the Cardinals did just that.
Six different players scored in double-figures, including a career-high 25 points from Nick Garth, who came off the bench to pace the offensive attack for the Cardinals. Despite trailing in the opening minutes, Lamar was never seriously challenged throughout Wednesday’s contest.
The Cardinals topped the 100-point mark for the second time this season, and got back to their winning ways with the 105-67 win over the Knights.
Cardinals Bounce Back in a Big Way
For the first time this season, the Cardinals came into a game on the heels of a loss. After falling to a talented Roadrunners’ team, Lamar was looking to get back to playing their game and get back to their winning ways.
Despite falling behind in the opening couple of minutes, the Cardinals weren’t threatened by the Knights for the bulk of the game. The Knights opened the game on a mini 6-2 run, capped off by a layup from George Brock.
From there, it was all Lamar.
Zjori Bosha kicked off a mini 6-0 run for the Cardinals with a jumper to give them an 8-6 lead. Even though the Knights would tie the game at 8-all, the Cardinals would never trail the rest of the way. Their lead reached as many as 24 points in the first half, and it only grew in the second frame.
With 1:30 to play in the game, a three pointer from James Harrison put the Cardinals over the 100-point mark for the second time in three games. Lamar rolled past Jarvis Christian last Thursday, 103-66.
Cardinals Get Contributions From Everyone in Win
In total, Lamar used 11 players in the win over the Knights. Ten of those players scored in the game, with six different players scoring in double-figures.
Nick Garth came off the bench and had himself a career night, much to the delight of the home crowd inside the Montagne Center. He put up a career-high 25 points, on 6-of-10 shooting from three point range, to go along with four rebounds in the win. Colton Weisbrod finished one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 17 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman forward Avery Sullivan had himself the best game of his young career. He recorded his first double-double, posting 10 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists and three steals.
Lamar Neutralizes George Brock
George Brock is one of the top scorers at the NAIA level. He came into Wednesday night averaging 19.3 points per game for Southern-New Orleans in 2017-18.
While he did score a team-high 21 points for the Knights, the Cardinals held Brock to just 4-of-17 shooting from the field. Brock did most of his damage from the free throw line, where he was 10-of-11 on the night.
What’s Next for the Cardinals?
Lamar (4-1) got back to their winning ways in commanding fashion. Now, the Cardinals embark on a mini two-game road swing. They take on the UTEP Miners on Monday before the second game of a home-and-home series with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Saturday, December 2nd.
– T. Bennett