CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
LU showed no quit and closed the game on an 8-0 run for the final score. Senior
forward Stan Brown, who led all players with 11 rebounds, got the run started
with a layup. Rhon Mitchell followed with a free throw line jumper before Nikko
Acosta hit a pair of free throws. Mitchell closed the scoring with a layup at
the 40-second mark.
Lamar got off to a solid start, building an 8-4 lead just over three minutes
into the game. The 49ers would catch the Cardinals at 8-8 on a Darion Clark
Jumper and took a 10-8 lead at the 15:07 mark on a Willie Clayton layup. The
Cardinals would not pull even the rest of the way.
Mitchell registered his first career double-double, finishing with a team-high
14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The redshirt freshman was 7-of-15 from the
floor in the game and pulled down four of his rebounds off the offensive glass.
Offensive rebounding was a strength for Lamar all night as the Cardinals
finished with an 18-12 advantage. Lamar converted its board work into an 18-11
edge in second chance points and the Cards finished with a 49-39 rebound
Wilson was the only other Cardinal to score in double-figures as the junior
forward went for 10 points on 5-of-11 aim. Wilson, who also pulled down five
boards in 22 minutes, scored eight of his 10 points in the first half.
The 49ers, who shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half, got 16 points
and four steals from Denzel Ingram off the bench. Charlotte also got 12 points
from Mayfield and nine from Braswell off its bench to finish the game with a
43-13 advantage in bench points.