Nov. 22, 2008
If Lamar was impatient playing against the 'Princeton'-style offense on Saturday night, it didn't show.
The Cardinals shot 53 percent from the floor and led for the final 24 minutes en route to a 61-48 victory at the Montagne Center. The 61 points were the fewest by a Cardinal team in victory since Jan. 18, 2003.
Lamar (3-0) started out the game on a 9-1 streak before Denver (0-2) used a 17-4 run to take an 18-13 lead with just under seven minutes to play in the half. The Cardinals came back with a 12-0 run and led at the break 33-27
Lamar methodically stretched its lead to 13 points on a Tristan Worrell layup with 11:50 remaining, and led by as many as 14 late in the game. The closest the Pioneers got in the second half was 55-48 on a Rob Lewis dunk with 3:23 on the clock.
But Lamar scored on four of its final five possesions and forced Denver into three turnovers and a missed 3-pointer to close out the game.
Worrell led the way for the Cardinals with 14 points and eight rebounds as Lamar extended its home court winning streak to 15 games. Jay Brown had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Worrell and Brown - Lamar's inside duo - combined to shoot 9-for-11 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free throw line.
The guard duo of Kenny Dawkins and Brandon McThay finished with 11 and 12 points, respectively while combining for seven assists and five steals.
Lamar outrebounded Denver 27-15 and gave up just three offensive boards while handing the Pioneers their 23rd-consecutive road loss.
Brian Stafford scored a team-high 14 points for Denver.
Lamar will travel to Houston to face Rice on Tuesday night. Tip-off at Tudor Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.