Dec. 29, 2007
Justin Nabors, Lamar Sanders and Darren Hopkins each posted a double-double as Lamar University doubled-up Lyon College, 104-52, at the Montagne Center Saturday night.
Lamar (5-6) shot a season-high 58 percent and handed out a season-best 28 assists in winning its fourth game in the last five. The Cardinals also out-rebounded the Scots 45-20, with the 20 rebounds allowed a season-low and one shy of tying the Montagne Center record for fewest boards by an opponent.
Nabors finished with a career-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Sanders posted his second double-double with a 12-point, 10 rebound game, while Hopkins recorded his first-career double-double with an identical line as Sanders.
Guard Kenny Dawkins made 4-of-8 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 23 points as he matched his season-high with seven assists.
The win gives head coach Steve Roccaforte his 20th at his alma mater in his 43rd game, making him the fourth-fastest to reach 20 in school history. Only Billy Tubbs, Pat Foster and Mike Newell reach the mark in a shorter span.
After falling behind 9-5 five minutes into the game, the Cardinals took the lead for good with an 8-0 run that saw Nabors score five of his 15 first-half points. A Levi Taylor 3-pointer cut the Lamar lead to 24-21 with 9:37 to play but then the Cardinals closed the half on a 33-5 run for a 57-26 lead at the break.
Lamar continued to stretch its lead with its largest of 52 coming twice in the final minutes on a pair of Coy Custer layups.
Lyon (5-5) struggled to find an offensive rhythm for the final 25 minutes as Taylor was ineffective following a collision with a Lamar player with 4:48 to lay in the first period. Their leading scorer coming into the game with a 18.2 points per game average, he took just one field goal the rest of the game and finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Lyon shot 40 percent but committed 21 turnovers that Lamar turned into 30 points.
Lamar will return to action when it faces Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock on New Year's Day. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.