BEAUMONT, Tex. — On Saturday, less than 24 hours after welcoming his second son into the world, senior forward Colton Weisbrod was back on the hardwood and leading the Lamar Cardinals to their eighth win of the season.
In front of their home crowd, the Cardinals took on the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets in non-conference play. Lamar came into the day riding a four-game winning streak, and were looking to extend it before heading out on the road for a pair of games this week.
Weisbrod was one of six Cardinals to score in double-figures on the night, and all 11 players who saw action for Lamar scored at least three points for the home side.
For the third time this season, Lamar topped the century mark on the scoreboard. The Cardinals doubled up the Yellow Jackets, 112-56, to extend their winning streak to five games.
Weisbrod recorded 17 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, to go along with seven rebounds in the win. Josh Nzeakor and Nick Garth recorded 18 points apiece, with Garth adding four steals and three assists to pace the attack on both ends.
All 11 players that checked into the game for the Cardinals recorded at least three points, including freshman Cannon Broussard, who saw action in just his third game of the season.
Khyce Randall scored a team-high 14 points for the Yellow Jackets, who are a member of Division III. Randall came into the game averaging a shade under 28 points per game this season for Howard Payne.
Lamar would never trail on the night, and the game was over rather early. T.J. Atwood and Zjoro Bosha each hit jumpers in the opening two minutes to set the tone for the Cardinals, who took a double-digit lead before the 11-minute mark of the first half. Their lead ballooned to 30 points at the break, 57-27, and they never looked back.
In the first five minutes of the second frame, Lamar had extended their lead to an even 50 points. Joey Frenchwood scored eight straight points to lead the attack out of the gate, and the rout was well underway. The Cardinals would proceed to double up the Yellow Jackets when all was said and done, 112-56.
Saturday night was the third time this season that the Cardinals have reached the 100-point mark.
With the win, the Lamar Cardinals (8-1, 0-0) are off to their best start since the 1992-93 season. Riding a five-game winning streak, the Cardinals now head on the road for a pair of games. They take on the Southern Illinois Salukis on Sunday, December 17th.
– T. Bennett