LUBBOCK, Texas (February 25, 2016) – Brennen Fowler collected his fifth straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Rogers scored a game-high 15 points for Lubbock Christian University in an 87-38 rout of St. Mary's Thursday night inside the Rip Griffin Center to give the Chaparrals their largest margin of defeat on the season.
LCU (19-8, 13-6 Heartland) held St. Mary's (9-18, 5-14 Heartland) to 28-percent shooting from the field and no Rattler scored more than eight points. Meanwhile, the Chaps doled out 27 assists on their 31 field goals, led by a career-high eight by Marcos Schuster, and out rebounded St Mu by 14. Six Chaps scored in double figures, rounded out by 14 from Ridrell Holman, 13 by A.J. Luckey and 11 each from Isaac Cardona and Michael Grant.
Tonight's season win number 19 is the highest number of victories dating back to 2004-05 when the Chaps went 21-10 on the year and eclipses head coach Todd Duncan's 17 total wins in 2013-14, the first year LCU competed in the Heartland Conference. The next highest total was 18 victories during 2010-11.
Folwer set the tone early for the Chaps on a pair of dunks within the opening minutes of the game, and a three-pointer on the left baseline by Rogers gave LCU its first double-digit lead of the evening at 15-4 with seven minutes played. Nine consecutive Chap points increased the margin to 27-6 and ballooned to 31-8 on two Holman free throws with 7:23 to play before the break. A three-point play by St Mu's Skyler Brooks lessened the damage to 32-15, but LCU closed the first half by outscoring the Rattlers 14-6 for a 46-20 advantage.
Both squads went scoreless for nearly three minutes to open the second half before St. Mary's Stefan Wright and Luckey each hit a bucket. Two jumpers by Luckey and a layup by Cardona extended the gap to 54-23 with 15:24 to play, and a layup by Rogers pushed it to 62-26 four minutes later. LCU continued to steadily grow the lead and outscored the Rattlers 15-4 within the final minutes for the lopsided victory.
The loss by St. Mary's marks the worst in program history since a 120-60 drubbing by Houston in 1978 and matches the lowest point total as a member of the NCAA. Records indicate the last time St Mu scored fewer than 38 points was in a 1976 loss, to Southwestern, 49-30.
The Chaps have their final home contest Saturday as they play host to Texas A&M International at 2 p.m. while honoring seniors Matthew Alford and A.J. Luckey prior to the game.