Nov. 29, 2008
It wasn't always pretty but it was just what the Lamar coaching staff wanted as LU defeated Lyon College, 97-54, to improve to 5-0 before embarking on an eight-day road trip.
The Cardinals shot a season-high 53 percent and never trailed as they extended their home-court winning streak to 16 games.
Senior guard Brandon McThay scored a career-high 26 on 8-of-12 shooting with a game-high four 3-pointers to go along with four rebounds and two steals. He had 16 points - one shy of his previous career-high - in 13 minutes at the half.
Senior guard Kenny Dawkins was his usual self with 19 points, five assists, five steals, four boards in an abbreviated 28 minutes. Freshman Anthony Miles posted the first double-double of his career with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore Coy Custer also posted a career-highs with 14 points and three blocks as he made his first-career start in place of Jay Brown, who missed the game with an injury.
Lamar shot 60 percent and led 51-19 at the half as they secured seven steal on 14 Lyon turnovers. The Cards led by as many as 48 late in the game before coming away with its second-consecutive win over the Scots.
The Cardinals had runs of 12-0 and 11-0 in the first half to go along with second-half stretches of 8-0 and 9-0.
Lyon was led by Preston Butts' 14 points in 14 minutes, despite not playing the final 15 minutes after picking up his fourth foul, two of which came on the offensive end.
Lyon's 35 second-half points snapped a string of five-straight halves that Lamar had held the opponent to 30 points or less. Lamar's scoring defense is now at 59.0 points per game. The 43-point margin of victory was the largest this season and the most since the 52-point win over Lyon a year ago.
Lamar is now 5-0 on to start the season for the first time in 11 years, matching the start by the 1997-98 team. Only the 1981-82 and 1968-69 squads opened their campaigns with better starts.
Lamar will now travel to Lexington, Ky., where it will face Kentucky on Wednesday and match-up with Ohio, Indiana State and Louisville at the Marques Maybin Classic in Louisville, Ky., Saturday through Monday.