Lamar dominates both ends of the floor in 106-69 win over Calgary
Aug. 18, 2011
CALGARY - Senior guard Mike James poured in 32 points, and Lamar shot a blistering 52.5 percent from the floor Thursday night at Jack Simpson Gym, as the Cardinals rolled to a 106-69 victory over host Calgary in the finale of the Battle of the Border Basketball Tournament.
Lamar capped a perfect 3-0 tournament in Canada with a pair of wins over Calgary and an opening win over Alberta.
The Cards' offense was especially potent in the first half as they built a 61-25 advantage through the first 20 minutes. Lamar, which finished the game with 9-of-19 shooting from 3-point range, was a sparkling 7-of-8 in the first half for 87.5 percent shooting from long distance.
"That was a pretty good display of basketball in the first half," said LU assistant Clif Carroll. "Defensively we were so good in the first half. We had them so frustrated; they didn't know what to do. This was a pretty good way to end the week."
Senior forward Charlie Harper knocked down a jumper in the lane, and made the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Tyler Fidler with 3:23 to go in the third quarter, to give Lamar its largest lead of 45 points at 81-36.
The Dinos would cut into the lead some, but never got any closer than 29 points the rest of the way. Lamar enjoyed a huge 41-13 advantage in points off turnovers, and also dominated the paint to the tune of a 48-28 advantage.
LU's stifling defense held the Dinos to 35.8 percent shooting from the floor, including an anemic 26.5 percent effort in the first half. Calgary was also able to make just 5-of-19 from 3-point range despite shooting on its home rims.
The 6-foot-1 James led Lamar in scoring for the third straight night, hitting 12-of-16 from the floor and making all six of his free throws. James added five rebounds and four steals in the contest.
Senior point guard Anthony Miles had his most impressive effort, finishing with 18 points, four assists and three steals. Fellow senior Brandon Davis, getting his first start of the tournament, responded with 13 points and three rebounds. Davis led Lamar with three 3-pointers.
Devon Lamb failed to record a double-double for the first time this week, settling for 10 points and eight rebounds. Donley Minor led the LU bench with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a pair of triples.
Fidler led the Dinos with 15 points and 13 rebounds, but was just 5-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-12 from the foul line. Jared Ogungbemi-Jakcson was the only other double-figure score for Calgary, finishing with 12 points and eight boards.
"This was a great experience for our guys," said Carroll. "Our hotel was right in the middle of downtown, and the guys were able to enjoy the city and spend some good time together.
"We still have a ways to go before the season, but it was a good week."