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Lamar Holds Off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi For 79-72 Victory

February 27, 2008 - 10:18PM
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Darren Hopkins made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Lamar defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 79-72, at the American Bank Center Wednesday night.

Lamar (18-8, 12-1 Southland) led by as many as 17 before fending off a late Islander rally to win its school-record 11th-consecutive conference game. The Cardinals also won their fifth-straight road contest which is one shy of the school record.

Hopkins also had five assists as he shot 6-of-9 from the floor. Lamar Sanders, Kenny Dawkins and Justin Nabors had 12 apiece and Currye Todd finished with 10. Dawkins handed out eight assists while Nabors led the team with five rebounds.

Lamar shot 47 percent and made 10 3-pointers. The Cardinals led 44-36 at the half.

TAMU-CC used a 14-0 run over four minutes to cut the Lamar lead to 72-69 with 1:38 left. But on the ensuing possession, Todd made a three from the left wing with a hand in his face to push the margin to six with 1:12 remaining. Demond Watt made one of two free throws before Dawkins drew three defenders just inside the charity stripe and fed Nabors for an easy layup with 19.3 tics left - essentially shutting the door on the Islander comeback.

Kevin Perkins made a layup before Dawkins made the final two freebies of his 8-for-9 night to close it out.

TAMU-CC (8-18, 5-8 Southland) received double-doubles from Horace Bond - 22 points, 10 rebounds - and Chris Daniels - 10 and 10. The Islanders shot 46 percent but turned the ball over 18 times which Lamar converted into 15 points.

Lamar’s 11-game winning streak ties Robert Morris for the third-longest active stretch in the nation and is the longest in the Southland this year. The Cardinals clinched the SLC East Division outright and maintained their one-game lead - with three to play - over Stephen F. Austin in the race for the regular-season title.

Lamar will travel to Lake Charles, La. for a Saturday evening matchup with arch-rival McNeese State (12-13, 6-7 SLC) at 6:30 p.m.



 

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