NEW ORLEANS — I’ll be the first to admit that I underestimated the New Orleans Privateers heading into Wednesday night’s match-up with the Lamar Cardinals.
All the Privateers did on Wednesday night was open the game on a 13-2 run and never trail over the course of the entire game. New Orleans never let Lamar get settled into a rhythm, forcing them to play catch-up all night long.
New Orleans had four different players score in double-figures, led by Makur Puou, who had a team-high 14 points. The Privateers held the Cardinals to just 16 points in the first half, and wouldn’t let Lamar get closer than four points in the second frame.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Wednesday night pits two teams who are 2-0 in Southland Conference play against one another in an early match-up for first place in the conference.
Five teams in total have 2-0 records in conference play, with two of them having records that are below .500 overall for the season. One of those two teams, the New Orleans Privateers, will look to move to 3-0 when they host the Lamar Cardinals in the Big Easy on Wednesday night.
Lamar was projected to be a top contender in the conference in various preseason polls, and they’ve lived up to the billing early on this season. At 10-5 overall, they have the second-best record of any team in the Southland Conference.
As for the Privateers, they were expected to take a step back this season. Instead, they’ve knocked off a pair of talented teams to open conference play on a two game winning streak. Wednesday night will be a big test for both teams, as they look to extend their winning streaks to three games and score their first win of the 2018 calendar year.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — One of Tuesday’s best games will take place in Pittsburgh, as the red-hot Duquesne Dukes welcome the Lamar Cardinals to town in a Campus Game associated with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
It marks the second of two campus games for both teams. The Cardinals fell on the road to the Southern Illinois Salukis in their last outing, while the Dukes notched their fifth straight win with a defeat of the North Carolina A&T Aggies.
Lamar will take part in the Visitors’ Bracket of the event, while Duquesne will be in the Host’s Bracket. The 2017 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic will take place on December 22nd and 23rd.
Tuesday presents both teams with another opportunity to keep up their positive momentum. Both Lamar and Duquesne have five game winning streaks this season, and the Dukes come in looking to extend their current streak to six games. Lamar is looking to get back on track after seeing their streak come to an end against the Salukis.
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.
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.
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.