The Demons (13-6 overall, 7-2 in the Southland) picked off 15 steals, well over their 9.5 average that ranks 16th nationally, along with their 5.5 blocks average which was topped with seven rejections.
Jalan West, 15th individually in the country with a 2.44 steals average, snagged four while sophomore center Marvin Frazier added two and matched his career best by blocking four shots.
Gary Roberson (10 points) was the other double-digit scorer for Northwestern, the nation’s top-scoring team with an 84-point average. The Demons used 16 players, 12 who scored as NSU shot 49 percent and had 22 assists (six by Shamir Davis) on 35 baskets.
Lamar (2-19, 0-9) got game-high totals of 28 points and 12 rebounds from Stan Brown as both teams reached the halfway point of the league schedule.
The Demons pulled away from a 38-27 halftime lead with eight unanswered points in two minutes, going up 55-35 with 15:50 remaining.
The Cardinals cut it to 14 by scoring the next six, then NSU ran off nine in a row to cap a five-minute 17-6 run that resolved the outcome. The margin never got closer than 21 afterward and was as big as 29.
“We were too cute with the basketball at times in the first half and didn’t always stay within our system, but we did a nice job afterward of being very aggressive defensively and cashing in,” said Demons’ coach Mike McConathy. “We were relentless in our man-to-man and switched to our 1-2-2 press and took control of the game after Lamar made it tough on us for a good while.”
It was the fifth NSU win in Beaumont in the last eight visits. The Demons stay on the road to play McNeese State Sunday afternoon at 4:35 in the Lake Charles Civic Center, then come home next Thursday as league co-leader Oral Roberts visits Prather Coliseum.