Zach Nutall chipped in 12 points, and RJ Smith had 10.
V.J. Holmes had 19 points and seven assists for the Cardinals (9-9, 3-4 Southland Conference). T.J. Atwood added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Anderson Kopp had 12 points.
Davion Buster, whose 14 points per game coming into the matchup ranked second on the Cardinals, shot only 19 percent for the game (3 of 16).
Sam Houston State (12-6, 5-2) plays Houston Baptist on the road on Saturday. Lamar plays Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road on Saturday.
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