LUBBOCK, Texas (January 5, 2017) - Lubbock Christian University halted a two-game skid on the shoulders of Ridrell Holman who tallied a career-high 25 points in an 84-64 win over Arkansas Fort Smith in a Heartland Conference tilt inside Rip Griffin Center. In addition to Holman's career night, Marcus Arrington showed up with 17 points and six assists, while Tyler Rogers posted 16 points of his own.
Isaac Cardona got things cooking for the Chaps with a quick layup over the Lion's defense. Although Marcus Wallace answered back for Arkansas Fort Smith with a three-pointer, the Chaps dialed up the pace and jumped to a 9-5 lead on a trey by Holman. LCU traded blows with the Lions before Jay Workman tied up the game at 18-18 with 11:20 to play in the half. Tyler Rogers gave Lubbock Christian a 28-25 lead on yet another Chaparral three-pointer with more than seven minutes remaining. UAFS tried to keep things interesting by tying up the score at 36-36 on an Alex Cooper jumper, but the Chaps pecked away at UAFS's defense. Holman could not seem to miss as he was fouled while netting his second three-pointer of the evening with 1.5 seconds remaining in the half. Ridrell drained the free throw giving LCU a 44-36 lead going into the break.
Offense was the name of the game for both squads in the first half, as LCU narrowly edged out the Lions on the boards by a margin of 14-13. The Chaps held UAFS to 11-26 (42.3%) shooting. Marcus Arrington lit up with 14 points on 5-of-6 (83.3%) from the field. Holman shot 3-of-5 from the floor, two of which were behind the arc. Rogers was a perfect 3-of-3, in addition to his sole free throw, to grab eight points before the break. As a unit, Lubbock Christian picked their spots and shot 53.6% (15/28) from the floor while shooting 54.5% (6/11) from downtown. LCU was a flawless 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
UAFS spread the floor in the first period and shot 46.2% (6/13) from three-point land, while grabbing a 42.3% (11/26) field goal percentage. Seth Youngblood led the Lion's charge with 15 first half points. Twelve of Youngblood's 15 came from behind the arc. In total, there were six tie scores and six lead changes in the first half.
LCU returned to the hardwood after a breather and picked up right where they left off. Fort Smith tried to mount a comeback on the shoulders of Youngblood, but Tyler Rogers showed that he had the shooter's touch with back-to-back three-pointers that bounced off of the front iron before they fell in. Rogers' pair of treys gave the Chaps a 13-point lead at 62-49 with 12:12 left to play. Lubbock Christian never looked back from there, as they sped off to an 84-64 victory after a final layup by Michael Grant.
In total, the Chaparrals threw down a season-high 11 three-pointers on 21 attempts, four of which came from Holman. Ridrell's 16 points in the second half were mainly due in part to 10 shots from the charity stripe (knocked down eight). Rogers remained untouched with eight more points in the second period. Although LCU's second half was slower than their first, it was not by much. The Chaps blew up for 44 first half points before they eased up for 40 points in the second period. Isaac Cardona led Lubbock Christian on the glass with nine total rebounds, eight of which came in the second half. The Chaps outrebounded the Lions 36-24 on the evening.
Lubbock Christian University finished the evening shooting 52.4% (11/21) from the three-point line, 49% (25/51) from the field, and 82.1% (23-28) from the free throw line. Holman's career-high 25 points led all scorers for the evening. Marcus Arrington (17 points) was one point shy of tying a career-high scoring performance. Arrington also dealt out six assists. Tyler Rogers followed right behind with 16 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
The Lions had six players tally points in the second period, with Youngblood accounting for nine. All nine of Youngblood's points came from downtown. As a squad, Fort Smith shot 37% (10/27) from the floor and 38.5% (5/13) from behind the arc in the second half. Although UAFS was perfect from the charity stripe in the second period, they only shot three free throws.
LCU improved to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in Heartland Conference standings. The Chaparrals will get a quick breather before they play Rogers State on Saturday. Tipoff is at 3pm inside Rip Griffin Center immediately following the LCU women (Lady Chaps tip off at 1 p.m.).