<
>

Lamar 74, Texas A&,M-CC 58

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Mike James scored a season-high 31 points Wednesday night as Lamar downed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 74-58 in a Southland Conference opener.

James, the reigning Southland player of the week, went 12 of 16 from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Brandon Davis added 11 points as the Cardinals (10-5) won their second in a row.

Chris Hawkins-Mast scored 15 points to pace the Islanders (1-12), who lost their 10th consecutive game. Johnathan Jordan added 13 points, and Myron Dempsey grabbed 10 rebounds.

Trailing 25-24, Lamar went on a 15-2 run for a 39-27 lead just before halftime. James scored the first 10 points of the spurt.

The Islanders closed within seven briefly in the second half, but the Cardinals pushed it back as high as 19.