BEAUMONT, Texas (Nov. 15, 2019) - A chance at a road victory for Mount St. Mary's men's basketball was denied by the Lamar Cardinals, as the home side pulled away with a scorching scoring attack that handed the Mount a 76-61 defeat.
Davion Buster and T.J. Atwood made up the scoring tandem that provided the spark for the Cardinals. Buster led all scorers with 20 points, including 8-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-10 from long distance. Atwood added 19 points with an efficient 7-of-9 from thr field. As a team Lamar shot 52.7 percent (29-for-55).
Mount (1-3) had the early edge, including a 7-1 run that led to a 14-9 Mountaineer lead. Lamar (3-1) got their first lead at the 16-15 mark and didn't look back thanks to a 16-0 run that lasted almost five minutes. Free throws by Opoku ended the drought, but the Mountaineers were unable to put a dent into the Cardinal advantage, despite Morse's 10 first half points. Lamar hit 56.3 percent from the floor, compared to Mount's 39.3 percent over the first 20 minutes.
Any suggestions that the Mountaineers could come back were silenced by the Cardinals with a 9-0 run that began the second half. Chong Qui got the Mount on the board at the 15:05 mark, but an eight point outburst from Lamar's Buster increased the lead to 29, a deficit the Mount couldn't overcome.
Mount St. Mary's will look to rebound Wednesday (Nov. 20) with a matchup against the UAB Blazers. First tip is scheduled by 7:00 p.m. Eastern in Birmingham.