PORT ARTHUR – If Lamar State College-Port Arthur's coaches had to decide on who would get the game ball after Tuesday night's 127-63 win over Victoria College, their only option would be to cut the ball in half.
Seahawks sophomore Tre Bennett hit 11 of 12 from the field and 6 of 7 from the 3-point line to score 28 points while sophomore Anthony Allen collected the third triple-double of his collegiate career, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
The 100-plus-point win is the fourth in a row for Lamar State-Port Arthur, setting a school record for consecutive games above the century mark.
The Seahawks, who are now 5-1 this season, had five players in double figures as Jamal Shabazz hit for 23, freshman Erik Durham had 21, and D.J. Blanks scored 14.
"Tre has really matured," LSC-PA Head Coach Lance Madison said of his guard. "He's a real student of the game and tonight he showed that."
Bennett, who has already signed to play with Indiana State University next season, hit the basket with abandon, going nearly perfect from the field and draining basket after basket from beyond the 3-point arc.
That offensive production, coupled with a stifling full-court defense, left Victoria College reeling in the wake of a scoring run that came from all spots on the floor.
While Bennett worked his magic from long distance, Allen went strong on the inside as he hit 6 of 9 from the field for his 14 points. Blanks continued the inside attack, threading his way through the Victoria defense for his 14 and Shabazz, who has more than earned his nickname "Showtime" already this season, hit the short-range jumpers and threw down a thundering slam dunk to take the heat off of Bennett's long-range shenanigans.
Durham had his best night of the season for the Seahawks, hitting for 21 points, including 5 of 9 from the 3-point line.
All around, the Seahawks shot 59.5 percent from the field, including 55.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line. At the free throw line, the Hawks hit 77.3 percent of their shots.
Victoria was led by Shannon Winston's 13 points, while teammates Zack Hoffmaster hit for 11 and Mark Cadwell scored 10.
The Hawks return to action this Saturday with the final game of their five-game homestand as they take on Baton Rouge Community College. The game tips off at 4 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center, located at 1800 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur.
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