Category Archives: Southland

RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.
Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. — With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not as dominant as we’ve seen in recent seasons, the Southland Conference is as wide open as ever. Several teams look like they have a shot at representing the conference in the NCAA Tournament, at least on paper.

One team who has been in contention on a consistent basis, but unable to break through due to the Lumberjacks reigning supreme in the conference, has been the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They are regularly in contention for the title, but haven’t been able to advance to the Big Dance.

They’ve made three straight appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, compiling a record of 2-3 over the last three seasons.

On Thursday, the Bearkats welcomed another conference title hopeful to town. The Lamar Cardinals have shown flashes of being able to contend for the conference crown this season, but other times have looked like they’re another year from truly being a contender.

Thursday night was a tale of two halves. After the first, the teams were separated by a single point, at 41-40. The second half was vastly different, as the Bearkats outscored the Cardinals by 21, and cruised to the 87-65 victory on their home court. Continue reading RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks

Isaiah Tripp scored 9 points in Abilene Christian's 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.
Isaiah Tripp scored 8 points in Abilene Christian’s 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.

ABILENE, Tx. — Payten Ricks may only be a freshman, but over the past three games, he isn’t playing like it’s his first year in the NCAA.

Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Lamar Cardinals, the Abilene Christian Wildcats‘ freshman guard has averaged 12 points per contest, and he put up a career-high 15 points against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks last week.

Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats were looking to avoid a 1-5 start in Southland Conference play, and they found themselves in a fight with Lamar that came down to the wire. With under 10 seconds to play, the Wildcats had a chance to win the game, avoiding an extra five-minute the frame.

The ball was in the hands of Ricks.

With the clock ticking down, Ricks put up a half-court heave that beat the buzzer. It banked off the back board, fell for his only three pointer, and the Wildcats stunned the Cardinals.

Abilene Christian sent their fans into a frenzy with their 67-64 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks

RECAP: Lamar never trails in 87-72 win over Incarnate Word

The duo of Joey Frenchwood (32) and Colton Weisbrod (21) led Lamar to the 87-72 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday night. (Source: I.C. Murrell - The News)
The duo of Joey Frenchwood (32) and Colton Weisbrod (21) led Lamar to the 87-72 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday night. (Source: I.C. Murrell – The News)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — In 2016-17, the Southland Conference isn’t quite what it used to be. With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not being as dominant as in the past, the door is open for other teams to contend atop the standings.

The likes of the New Orleans Privateers, who currently sit atop the Southland standings, and Houston Baptist Huskies have the look of a true contender this season, at least on paper, while there are others who are flying under the radar.

One of those teams calls Beaumont, Texas home. The Lamar Cardinals entered Wednesday’s action with a 10-6 record overall, and were 2-1 in conference action. They welcomed the Incarnate Word Cardinals to town, looking to extend their winning streak to a modest two games.

Incarnate Word, on the other hand, were looking to rebound from an 87-72 loss to the Privateers in their previous outing.

Ironically, history would repeat itself on Wednesday, and not in a good way for the visitors.

Lamar never trailed in the contest, and they handed Incarnate Word their second straight defeat, in the form of an identical 87-72 decision. Continue reading RECAP: Lamar never trails in 87-72 win over Incarnate Word

RECAP: Weisbrod’s Career Night leads Lamar past Southeastern Louisiana, 74-54

Guard Zjori Bosha (middle) and Colton Weisbrod (left) led Lamar to the 74-54 road win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)
Guard Zjori Bosha (middle) and forward Colton Weisbrod (left) led Lamar to the 74-54 road win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)

BEAUMONT, Texas — After suffering their first loss of conference play to the New Orleans Privateers in their last outing, a four-point defeat in overtime, the Lamar Cardinals were out to make it a distant memory.

Thanks to Colton Weisbrod and Zjori Bosha, the Cardinals held down their home court in convincing fashion.

Weisbrod entered the game as the team’s leading scorer, averaging just under 15 points per contest as a junior college transfer. Against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Saturday afternoon, he had the best game of his young, but impressive, Division I career.

The junior finished the game shooting 14-of-19 from the field, and 6-of-7 from the line, recording a career-high 34 points in the process. To put his performance into perspective, no other Lamar player scored more than nine points on the night (Torey Noel).

Lamar raced out to an 18-point lead at halftime, and they held the Lions to 35.7% shooting on the night, en route to the 74-54 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Weisbrod’s Career Night leads Lamar past Southeastern Louisiana, 74-54

Monday Headlines: Wide Open Conference Races, Points Galore, and More

Trent Steen (15) recorded 24 points, on 10-of-12 shooting, and 9 rebounds to help lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the 105-91 win on Monday night.
Trent Steen (15) recorded 24 points, on 10-of-12 shooting, and 9 rebounds to help lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the 105-91 win on Monday night.

The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.

Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.

While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.

All three teams suffered defeats.

Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.

Here are the things you need to know from Monday’s action. Continue reading Monday Headlines: Wide Open Conference Races, Points Galore, and More

College Court Report Player of the Week: DeAndre Harris, Nicholls Colonels

North Texas transfer DeAndre Harris torched the nets this week for the Nicholls Colonels, averaging 38.5 points per game over the team's two wins.
North Texas transfer DeAndre Harris torched the nets this week for the Nicholls Colonels, averaging 38.5 points per game over the team’s two wins.

There are impact transfers all over the country this season, each paying dividends for their respective institutions.

Over the past seven days, following Christmas and entering the New Year, the case could be made for DeAndre Harris as one of the best players in the entire country.

Heading into the Christmas break, Harris had been finding his stride for the Nicholls Colonels, and out of the break, he continued right where he left off.

Yes, three of the Colonels’ last five games were against non-Division I opponents, but that doesn’t take away from what Harris was able to accomplish on the hardwood.

Colonels’ fans knew they had something special in Harris, and he wasted little time in making an impact with his new team. Against the Boston College Eagles in their season opener, Harris recorded 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the Colonels’ 79-73 upset victory on the road.

Since then, he’s been the team’s top scorer on the year. This past week, Harris set a career-high on Wednesday, and reset his career high on Saturday to close out 2016 in style.

Over the two wins for the Colonels this past week, one of which was their Southland Conference opener, Harris averaged a blistering 38.5 points per contest.

For his efforts, graduate transfer DeAndre Harris has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: DeAndre Harris, Nicholls Colonels