Atwood leads Lamar past Arlington Baptist 106-61

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP)T.J. Atwood scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Lamar beat NCCAA-member Arlington Baptist 106-61 on Friday night.

Atwood was one of six players in double figures for the Cardinals (2-0).

Corey Nickerson scored 21, Ayaan Sohail and Davion Buster each scored 12, Ellis Jefferson, 11, and David Muoka scored 10. Lamar struggled from beyond 3-point range shooting just 2 of 18, however, they took advantage of their size and finished 47-of-91 shooting (52%) overall.

The Patriots fought tough early and took a 19-18 lead on Sheldon Hodges’ layup with 10:23 before halftime. That led to a 21-3 Lamar run that included seven straight from Muoka on a three-point play, followed by a pair of free throws and a dunk. The Cardinals led 47-31 at halftime.

Lamar opened the season with 46-point win against Champion Christian on Tuesday night.

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