BEAUMONT – McNeese dug itself a 26-point first half hole and was not able to claw its way back in a 77-57 loss to Lamar on Saturday in Southland Conference action.
The loss dropped the Cowboys to 7-15 overall and 4-7 in league play while Lamar improved to 14-9 and 6-4.
James Harvey led the Cowboys with 11 points, all in the second half, and Jamaya Burr added 10 points. Stephen Ugochukwu finished with nine point and nine rebounds to just miss out on his second straight double-double game.
In similar fashion to games at UNO and Nicholls, McNeese got off to a bad start with poor first half play.
The Cowboys shot just 24 percent in the first half (7 of 29) and was just 2 of 11 from 3-point range, one game after hitting 9 of 12 for a school record 75 percent from beyond the arc.
After tying the game at 2-2 a couple minutes into the game, Lamar rolled off 14 straight points to build a 16-2 run and built a double-digit lead that would not fall under 10 points the rest of the game.
Lamar’s Colton Weisbrod led Lamar with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Josh Nzeakor scored 12 and Nick Garth 11.
McNeese made just 34 percent of its shots (18 of 53) for the game and was 4 of 16 for 25 percent from long range.
Lamar built a 28-point lead early in the second half but McNeese, like most games, had a much better second half and whittled the deficit down to 17 points after a Harvey 3 on the end of a 7-0 run with 7:23 to play to make it 59-42.
Lamar was able to get the lead back over 20 points a minute later after a 3 by Garth as McNeese was unable to put together another scoring run.
The Cardinals hit 42 percent for the game (27 of 64) and made 14 of 28 in the first half to help them build a 44-18 lead at halftime.
Lamar outrebounded McNeese 52-27 for the game including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds leading to 22 second chance points.
Saturday’s game wraps up a 4-game road swing as the Cowboys will now return home to start a 4-game home stand beginning Thursday night against UNO.