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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cards scrimmage during open practice

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — Lamar University held a short scrimmage during an open scrimmage Thursday evening at the Montagne Center.

The practice was open to the public, and fans were treated to a dunk contest and a men’s three-point shooting contest prior to the scrimmage. At halftime, the LU women’s basketball team was introduced to the crowd, and the women’s team held their three-point contest.

The LU men split the squad into two teams – LU Black and LU White. The White team recorded a 10-point victory, 38-28, in the 16-minute (two 8-minute halves) contest. The White team consisted of Christian Barrett, Jordan Foster, Jordan Hunter, Nick Garth, V.J. Holmes and Avery Sullivan, while the Black squad consisted of Josh Nzeakor, T.J. Atwood, Mike Kolawole, Grehlon Easter, Laquarious Paige and Davion Buster.

Hunter led the White squad with 14 points on 5-of-7 (.714) shooting and a near perfect 4-of-5 (.800) effort from beyond the arc. He also led the team with four assists and a steal. Junior Barrett added seven points while sophomore Foster and senior Garth each added six points. Garth also led the team with five rebounds.

The Black squad was led by 10 points on 5-of-6 (.833) shooting from junior T.J. Atwood. The Beaumont native also had three rebounds, dished out an assist and a steal. Senior Josh Nzeakor added eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out an assist.

After surrendering the first basket of the game, the LU White squad scored the game’s next seven points, highlighted by a Hunter three-ball and dunks from Foster and Barrett. The LU White squad pushed their lead to as many as seven points in the first half before taking a six-point advantage into the locker room.

After the White team built an eight-point advantage following two Barrett free throws to start the half, the Black team began chipping away at the deficit making it a one-possession game with 6:55 remaining but that would be as close as they would get. The White squad went on a 13-6 run over the next three minutes to build a double-digit advantage. The White team pushed its lead to as many as 12 in the second half.

The Cardinals open the regular-season Thursday when the host Huston-Tillotson. The game against the Huston-Tillotson will tip off at 7 p.m. from the Montagne Center.