Diawara’s 25 helps LSC-PA reach century

Published 11:44 pm Saturday, February 13, 2016

LSC-PA sports information

BAYTOWN — Lamar State College-Port Arthur kept its stranglehold on first place in the NJCAA Region 14 South Zone after outrunning the Runnin’ Rebels of Lee College on Saturday afternoon, 100-88.

The Seahawks are now 11-5 in league play and at the head of the pack in the South as Lee dipped to the middle of the pack with the conference season entering its final few weeks.

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After falling behind by double-figures early in the second half, the Seahawks mounted a comeback leading up to a 61-61 tie with 12:41 left in the game.

Mambi Diawara gave the Hawks a 64-61 lead on a three-pointer, followed by a bucket by Colton Weisbrod for a 66-61 Seahawks advantage. LSC-PA continued its stifling defense against the much-taller Lee program, eventually pushing out to a 10-point lead on a three-pointer by Jordon Harris with about 8 minutes left.

The Hawks held on, never allowing the Rebels closer than five points down the stretch. Freddie Williams Jr. iced the game, hitting 6 straight free throws in the final minute, his final putting up triple-digits for the Seahawks.

Diawara led the Seahawks against the Rebels, scoring 25 points with seven rebounds, hitting 5 of 6 from the line in the game. The Hawks, who have struggled at the line this season, were stellar shooting free throws in Baytown, hitting 24 of 33. It was Williams who was money at the line, hitting 9 of 9 as part of his 23-point performance for the Hawks.

Harris scored 21 points for LSCPA, adding five assists, while Christian Albright owned the early moments of the contest, scoring all 16 of his points in the first half. He knocked down 4 of 4 from the three-point line.

Nederland sophomore and Lamar University signee Colton Weisbrod completed his 19th double-double of the year after scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds.

The Seahawks return home on Wednesday to face conference foe Jacksonville College with a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Carl Parker Center.