BEAUMONT, Texas – Donley Minor scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Lamar Cardinals to a 74-66 come-from-behind victory over McMurry in a men’s exhibition basketball game at the Montagne Center on Saturday.
Amos Wilson and Keilan Blanks added 16 points apiece for Lamar. Blanks had all of his points in the second half, while Wilson added 12 after intermission as the Cardinals overcame a seven-point second-half deficit.
“I think Amos is the one who got us going,” Lamar coach Pat Knight said. “We were playing with no energy for part of the first half, and he gave us a spark. It was nice to have some of the newcomers come in and contribute.”
McMurry held a 39-34 rebounding edge over the Cardinals. Lamar, which shot 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the field, connected on just 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the foul line.
“We have some things we have to work on,” Knight said. “It’s good that you’ll have the tape to be able to show the guys and teach them.”
Antonio Bell and D.J. Stennis led McMurry with 13 points, apiece. Kenny Williams and Takoby Jackson chipped in with 11 points apiece for the War Hawks.
Lamar, which trailed 37-30 with 17:07 remaining in the second half, never led in the game until Minor’s layup with 11:09 remaining in the second half gave the Cardinals an advantage they never relinquished.
“We went to a smaller lineup because they posed some problems for our big men,” Knight said. “We really didn’t get to see what our big men could do. We won’t be able to play this small of a lineup against Kansas State.”
Lamar plays the second of its two exhibition games when it hosts Northwood at 7 p.m. Monday in the Montagne Center. The Cardinals open the season by meeting Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., for the first round of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 12.