Cards Fall Short Against Pac 12 Foe
Amos Wilson scores all of his team-high 16 points in the second half
PULLMAN, Wash. – Senior Amos Wilson scored a team-high 16 points against Washington State Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum, but the Cougars had too much offense to overcome. Despite a second-half run by the Cardinals (0-3), Washington State was able to pull away late for the 84-64 victory.
Wilson recorded a season high with his 16-point effort, and became the first Cardinal other than juniors Donovan Ross or Nimrod Hilliard to reach double figures this season. Ross added 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and connected on his first five attempts. Hilliard chipped in 11 points and pulled down four rebounds.
"Our guys played hard tonight," said head coach Pat Knight. "I was proud of how we didn't back down from their size. We really hung in there. Instead of coming out in the second half and playing casual we came out and went after them.
The Cougars used the height to their advantage giving WSU more than twice the looks at the basket than Lamar early, but the Cardinals held their hosts to 6-of-19 (.316) to start the game. Lamar connected on four of their first seven attempts (.571), including two threes from freshman Marcus Owens to pull within three, 15-12 with 11:44 remaining in the first half.
WSU continued to attack the glass throughout the first half building a 24-13 advantage on the glass, but Lamar was able to neutralize the Cougars effectiveness. WSU grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the opening half, but could manage only four second-chance points.
The Cardinals outshot their hosts in the opening half, but WSU had 16 more attempts from the field. Neither team had a player reach double digits in the opening half. Lamar held the Cougars to a 4-of-16 (.250) performance from beyond the arc, but WSU took advantage of its opportunities from the free throw line (11-of-13/.846). The Cardinals knocked down three triples (.429) in the first half, but struggled from the free throw line (6-of-11/.545).
Washington State appeared to be on the verge of breaking the game wide open, but trailing by 18 points Lamar mounted a rally. Sparked by consecutive baskets from senior Amos Wilson, the Cardinals went on a 16-2 run to pull within four points, 55-51, with less than 11 minutes remaining.
Lamar couldn't sustain the run as Washington State responded with a run of its own. The Cougars went on a 20-5 run to push its the lead to 20 points, 76-56, with 4:12 remaining in the contest.
The Cardinals finished the game 23-of-49 (.469) from the floor, including a 4-of-9 (.444) performance from beyond the arc. WSU used a 16-of-29 (.552) second-half performance and finished the game 30-of-65 (.462) from the floor, including nine three pointers (.300).
Despite being outrebounded, 38-29, including 12 WSU offensive rebounds, the Cardinals were able to neutralize their host's size advantage. Lamar outscored WSU, 11-4, in second chance points, while WSU could only manage a six-point advantage in the paint.@
Owens recorded a career-high eight points, while sophomore Keilan Blanks scored seven. The Cougars finished the game with three players in double figures led by DaVonte Lacy's game-high 21.@
The Cardinals return to action Thursday when they travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the Global Sports Showcase. Lamar opens the three-day tournament against Savannah State. The Cards will also face Utah and Grand Canyon during the tournament.