LSC-PA's Bennett breaks school records in Seahawks' 101-81 win over Lee
PORT ARTHUR – In a game that featured seven technical fouls and four ejections by the visiting team, and a triple-double for the home team's big 7-footer, it was the little guard from Houston who stole the show.
Tre Bennett, a 5-10 sophomore, broke two school records in leading the Seahawks to a 101-81 NJCAA Region XIV win over Lee College on Wednesday night at the Carl Parker Center.
Bennett broke the school's single-game scoring record after dropping in 45 points and set a new team mark for consecutive free throws made in a game with 11 of 11 from the stripe late in the conference game with the Rebels.
"Tre has been special all year," Seahawks Head Coach Lance Madison said. "He really deserves this game tonight. The sky is the limit for him. He's such a nice kid and a good teammate."
With 1:35 left in the game, Bennett drove for a layup and drew the foul, sending him to the free throw line. Before the sophomore could get to the line, though, Lee College drew five technical fouls and four players were eventually ejected from the game. From there, Bennett stood alone at the line and dropped in 10 of 10 free throws on the technical calls, then hit the 11th on the original layup foul to set the school record.
The Seahawks, who improve to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in conference play, got up by as many as 18 points in the first half thanks in great part to the inside play of center Anthony Allen. The sophomore picked up his second triple-double of the season with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Freshman JoJo Mooring did his work from the free throw line, knocking down 9 of 13 from the stripe as he finished with 11 points.
"It was a good team win for us," Madison said. "We came out focused and we played good team basketball. We were tougher than Lee to start the game, we got some loose balls and kept them off the offensive glass. Every bucket they scored, they had to earn."
Trahson Burrell led Lee's offensive attack, finishing with 30 points and 14 rebounds while Fred Richardson finished with 13 points and 10 boards.
"They beat us twice last year," Madison said. "So it feels good to take this one. We have to go over there (Feb. 22, 6 p.m.) and you can bet that after tonight they'll have that date circled on their calendar."
The Rebels, who fall to 9-8 and 6-4, will have to do without the services of two of the players ejected from Wednesday night's game as they head to Pasadena to take on the South Zone first-place team San Jacinto College on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks travel to one of the toughest gyms in the state as they face Jacksonville College for a 4 p.m. game Saturday. Jacksonville is 7-14 overall and 2-9 in Region XIV play.