Hoops Prepares for Prairie View A&M

BEAUMONT, Texas – Off to its best start since the 2008-09 season, the Lamar University men’s basketball team (3-1) looks for consecutive wins as it travels to Prairie View A&M Friday. The Cardinals will square off against a Prairie View squad that is 2-3 on the season and has dropped two of its past three games, but is coming off a 15-point victory over Jarvis Christian.

Despite a sub-.500 record the Panthers already have a quality win on the season. Prairie View traveled to Fresno, Calif. five days prior to LU’s game against the Bulldogs and recorded a six-point victory, 84-78. LU and Prairie View already have three common opponents on the season (Fresno State, Oregon State and UTSA). The Panthers have recorded a 1-2 (.333) record in those games.

The Panthers were nearly unstoppable in their victory at Fresno State. Prairie View shot better than 46 percent from the field, which included a 40 percent clip from beyond the arc. PVAMU also took care of its attempts from the stripe knocking down 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) attempts. Prairie View finished the day with six players in double figures led by Daquan Cook’s 17 points.

One of the more impressive stat lines came for a Panther who didn’t even figure into the scoring leaders. PVAMU’s J.D. Wallace scored five points and pulled down five rebounds, and led all players with four blocks in the game.

It was a similar story for the Cardinals in their win over UTSA – balanced scoring to go along with strong defense and not giving the Roadrunners an opportunity to get back in the game. LU finished the night with five players in double figures, led by a season-high 24 points from sophomore Nick Garth, to record a 20-point victory. The Cardinals held their guests to less than 28 percent from the field in the opening half, and just 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from the three-point line.

Junior Colton Weisbrod continued his strong play to start his LU career. Tied for the team-lead in scoring (13.5 ppg), Weisbrod hit double figures for the fourth consecutive game to start the season. After getting out to a slow start and sitting most of the first half in early foul trouble, Weisbrod battled back in the second half scoring 13 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Despite the relative close proximity between the two schools, Friday’s contest will only be the sixth all-time meeting. Big Red has had the upper hand throughout the series holding a perfect 5-0 record. Friday will be the first meeting between the two school since the 2005-06 season, and the first time the Cards have traveled to Prairie View since the 1992-93 season when the Cardinals recorded 143-88 decision.

LU head coach Tic Price will be able to inch his way closer to a career milestone with a win as well. Price picked up win No. 197 against UTSA and enters Friday’s contest only three wins shy of 200.

Friday’s game against the Roadrunners is slated for a 4 p.m. tip off from the William Nicks Building.