Sears leads Lamar in 80-56 win over Jarvis Christian

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) Dontavious Sears scored a career-high 24 points and Lamar beat Jarvis Christian 80-56 on Friday.

Preston Mattingly added career highs of 16 rebounds and 11 points for his first double-double.

Leading 30-27, Lamar's Nick Garth scored five points to begin a 15-6 run to open the second half, and Sears had seven straight points in a 12-0 stretch for a 58-40 lead with 7:53 remaining. Jarvis Christian trailed by 13 before a 12-2 run left Lamar ahead 76-53 with 1:53 to go.

The Cardinals (6-4) committed 10 of their 15 turnovers in the first half and Jarvis Christian led 11-4 before Sears scored seven points in a 9-0 spurt. Trailing 16-15, Lincoln Davis scored five straight points to put Lamar ahead for good.

The NAIA Bulldogs (1-10) were led by James Parker with 11 points.

The victory was the 300th for the Cardinals in Montagne Center.

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