LUBBOCK, Texas (February 16, 2017) – Lubbock Christian University sophomore Brennen Fowler led the Chaparrals with a 69.2% shooting performance and a team-high 18 points to help kick off their final four-game homestand with an 80-76 Heartland Conference win over Newman University Thursday night inside Rip Griffin Center.
Newman jumped out to an early 14-11 lead after a three-pointer by Allen Wilson. Fowler responded with back-to-back buckets to give the Chaps their first lead of the game at 15-14 with 12 minutes left in the half. Lubbock Christian kept the Jets at bay and took an 11-point lead with just under two and a half minutes remaining in the period. However, NU came roaring back and closed out the half on a 10-1 run. The Chaparrals went into the break with a 44-42 edge over Newman.
Ridrell Holman provided the lift for LCU with 10 points in the opening period of play. Holman shot an impressive 80% (4-of-5) clip from the field and 2-for-2 from downtown. Brennen Fowler added eight points on 57.1% (4-of-7) shooting. As a team, the Chaps posted an efficient half by shooting 53.1% (17-of-32) from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. Marcus Arrington was perfect from the stripe and added all six of his first half points from the free throw line.
Allen Wilson (13 points) and Daniel Green (10 points) were the only Newman players to break into double-scoring figures in the first half. The Jets shined bright on the glass and outrebounded LCU 18-15 in the opening period. NU was sent to three free throw line 16 times in the half and converted on 14 to capture an 87.5% mark.
Fowler struck first for LCU in the second period with a layup in the opening minute. Newman’s Kevin Bryant brought the Jets within one-point after knocking down a pair of free throws at the 17:23 mark. Marcos Schuster then sparked a 10-0 run for LCU that allowed the Chaps to take a 59-48 lead just six minutes in to the second half. Newman once again began chipping away at the Lubbock Christian edge and eventually moved ahead of the Chaps 70-69 after a trey by Taylor Schieber with 7:57 left in the contest. The lead changed hands seven more times within the next six minutes of play before the Chaparrals scored the final five points of the game to take an 80-76 victory over Newman.
LCU continued their offensive tirade by shooting 56.3% (15-of-28) from the field in the second half. Brennen Fowler and Tyler Rogers each added 10 points in the period and accounted for 20 of Lubbock Christian’s 36 points in the final 20 minutes.
Newman held the Chaps to 1-of-6 from the three-point line in the final period and only allowed LCU to convert 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Taylor Schieber woke up for the Jets and scored 17 points in the half. Schieber’s 5-of-6 shooting helped push the Newman squad to a 44.4% (12-of-27) average from the field in the second period.
Lubbock Christian had three players in double figures in scoring. Fowler led the offensive charge with 18 points. Tyler Rogers added in 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Senior Ridrell Holman accounted for 14 points and five rebounds. Rogers and Holman each sunk two three-pointers to account for all of LCU’s triples for the evening.
The win bumps the Chaparrals to a 15-10 record for the season and a 9-6 record against Heartland opponents. LCU will be back in action on Saturday against Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Tip off is set for 3:00 pm inside Rip Griffin Center.