The Lopes hosted two teams in the past week's action in the Wellness Center. On Tuesday, the Lopes beat Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC) JV, followed by a loss to Laramie County Community College on Saturday, going 1-1 on the week.
Lamar beat the NWKTC JV team by the score of 111-50 to start the week's contests. LCC took control of the game from the tip, starting the game 14-2 and then never looking back.
Sophomore Wayne Stewart led all scorers with 21 points and adding five rebounds. Four other Lopes were in double figures on the night: Justin Holliday and Tugay Balyan each had 11, Andre Hardy and Isaiah Martin added 10 apiece with Martin also collecting 11 rebounds on the night. This was Martin's sixth double-double of the year.
On Saturday afternoon, LCC hosted Laramie County Community College out of Wyoming. The game, which was a battle between the first and second ranked teams in the Region 9 standings, lived up to the hype.
LCC began the game red-hot and jumped on a 12-4 lead but Laramie County cut the lead to 2, after which neither side enjoyed more than a two-point lead for the rest of the first half. The game was tied six different times in the final eight-plus minutes.
In the second half, after exchanging baskets, Laramie County found an offensive rhythm while Lamar struggled to find baskets. Laramie County took a 12-point lead with eight minutes to go in the game, when Lamar began to make small runs and cut the lead to as low as 4 points with less than a minute to go. However, Elijah Oliver's huge three-point shot with 35 seconds left on the clock put Laramie County up by seven. Laramie County came up with a win over Lamar, 75-82.
After this week, Lamar moves to 18-3 (5-2) for season.
Up next, Lamar will host its rival Otero Junior College in Wellness Center on Friday, January 27, at 7:00pm. The LCC women's team will start the night against OJC at 5:00pm.
Join the Lopes as they WHITE OUT the gym. Entrance to the games is only $3.00 for those wearing white. The first 75 to the games who pay the full admission price of $5.00 will receive a white LCC t-shirt.
As always, fans 18 years old and under get in free.