Lamar Falls at No. 25-Ranked BYU, 88-66

GO CARDINALS Lamar Sanders led the Cardinals with 11 points in Wednesday's loss at BYU.
Lamar Sanders led the Cardinals with 11 points in Wednesday's loss at BYU.

Dec. 12, 2007

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PROVO, Utah - Senior Lamar Sanders was the only Cardinals to score in double-figures with 11 points as Lamar University lost 88-66 at No. 25 Brigham Young University Wednesday night in non-conference men's basketball action at the Marriott Center.

Lamar, who had its two-game winnings streak snapped, dropped to 3-6 overall. BYU improved to 8-2 on the season. The Cardinals return home to host Rice University Saturday, Dec. 22 in a 7 p.m. game at the Montagne Center. The first 500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of game sponsor Philpott Motors.

BYU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a jumper by Lee Cummard and a three-pointer by Sam Burgess and the Cougars would never trail in the game. Cummard added a three-pointer and another jumper to make the score 10-2 at 17:54 of the first half.

A Brandon McThay jumper and a three-pointer by Currye Todd trimmed the lead to 12-9 at 13:51. BYU answered with a 12-0 run that was capped by a Jonathan Tavernari layup to push the lead to 15 points, 24-9. Cummard closed out the first half scoring with a three-pointer with 27 second remaining to give the Cougars a 42-30 halftime lead.

The Cardinals scored the first four points of the second half and cut the deficit to eight, 42-34, on a layup by Sanders at 18:38. Lamar kept the game close as Matthew Barrow's 3-pointer at 14:24 put the Cardinals down 10, 49-39.

Trent Plaisted scored the next five points for BYU to push the lead back to 15 points, 54-39. A conventional three point play by Darren Hopkins cut the lead to 12, 65-53, with 7:24 left in the game. The Cougars followed with an 18-5 run to put the game away, pushing the lead to 25 points, 83-58, with 3:02 left.

Sanders was 5 of 8 from the field in scoring his 11 points. He also grabbed five rebounds. Kenny Dawkins added nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Todd also added nine points off the bench.

Lamar shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from 3-point range and 65 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line. The Cardinals out scored the Cougars 34 to 28 in bench points and 19-11 in points off turnovers.

Cummard led all scorers with a career-high 27 points to pace BYU. He recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds and nearly made it a triple-double with eight assists. He was 11 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Plaisted added 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field and 8 of 16 from the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and five assists. Tavernari added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

BYU shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the field, 39.3 percent (11-of-28) from 3-point range and 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the free throw line. The Cougars outrebounded Lamar 50 to 34. BYU outscored the Cardinals 19-4 in second chance points and 34-28 in points in the paint.



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