SFA cruises by Lamar

Verity Ockenden
Sam Stabler

The Lamar Cardinals were unable to overcome a hot-shooting Stephen F. Austin team, losing a game by 103-74 to the Lumberjacks on Feb. 23 at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The loss ended Lamar’s recent three-game win streak, and dropped Lamar to 14-13 on the season and 8-7 in Southland Conference play.

“I’m very disappointed in the way we competed tonight,” said head coach Tic Price. “Four of our first five possessions resulted in turnovers. That was a microcosm of how the whole game went. We gave up too many transition buckets. We’ve made some progress this season, but tonight we took two steps back.”

Senior Tyran de Lattibeaudiere led Lamar with 22 points, while junior Quan Jones finished with 17 points. Freshman Kevin Booze added 16.

Johnson led the ’Jacks with 21 points, while Thomas Walkup added 18.

Before the game, senior forward de Lattibeaudiere was named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. He recorded two double-doubles and blocked a total of nine shots, guiding Lamar to two victories on the week with wins over Houston Baptist and McNeese State.

The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they come home to host Incarnate Word on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and travel to Lake Charles, La., on Monday, March 2, to play McNeese State at 7 p.m.

For the home game on Saturday, elementary students can get in free if they bring their report card and have received an “A” in one or more subjects.

Women’s hoops

After a 75-67 win over McNeese State on Feb. 21, the Lady Cards (15-11, 12-3) will travel to Lake Charles to play the same team on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. LU will then host Incarnate Word on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Track & field

Both Verity Ockenden and Sam Stabler were the high point scorers on the women’s and men’s sides, respectively, and led both the Lamar track and field teams to third-place finishes at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

Ockenden, runner-up in the mile run, finished the meet with 24 points scored after a win in the 800-meter race and third-place finish in the 3,000-meter event. Stabler corralled 22.5 five points after victories in the mile, distance medley and 3,000-meter runs.

The women’s team finished with 106 total points, behind SFA’s 132.50 and Sam Houston’s 118.

The men’s 75 points finished behind Stephen F. Austin’s 117 and Sam Houston’s 104.

Combined, both teams ended the meet with eight first places (six individual, two relay), five second places and five third places. Three times the Cards or Lady Cards swept the medal stand (women’s 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter, and men’s 3,000-meter).

“The kids gave it everything they had, but we finished just short,” said head track and field coach Trey Clark. “Our goal going in was to be first, but I feel like we really made progress and did get better.”

Prior to winning the 3,000-meter, Stabler took gold in the mile run on a 4:09.48 time. Stuart Ferguson finished third (4:11.15) and Tobias Riker – who set a new personal mark – finished fourth (4:16.01). Federico Gasbarri placed seventh with a 4:16.01 time.

“Sam is someone we can always count on,” said Clark. “We feel very optimistic about his chances to compete at nationals.”

The NCAA Championships, hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville, are slated to begin March 13. The Cardinals open their outdoor season in Lafayette, La., on March 21 at the Louisiana Classic.

Baseball

Winning by scores of 11-7 and 12-0 on Feb. 21, the Lamar baseball team completed a four-game home sweep of Manhattan (0-4).

Including both games on Saturday, the Cardinals (6-2) scored 39 runs and only allowed nine, even though winds continued to gust in on hitters throughout four games over two days.

Eric Foshee (1-1), who pitched in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader, was lights out in his second career start, working six innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Will Hibbs (1-0) allowed one earned run in five innings of work in the first game; he gave up four hits and four runs and struck out seven.

The Cardinals will be on the road for the first time in 2015 when they travel to Texas Pan-American for a three-game set that runs Friday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, March 1, and return home Tuesday, March 3, for a 4 p.m. tilt with Prairie View A&M.

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