LUBBOCK, Texas (December 29, 2018) - Lubbock Christian University's Brennen Fowler set a Rip Griffin Center single-game record with 18 rebounds, to complete a double-double (20 points, 18 rebounds), and Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath recorded a career-high 24 points to help lead the Chaparrals to a 74-63 win over Jarvis Christian College Saturday afternoon.
Lubbock Christian thrived on a 17-2 run, which covered the end of the first half and the opening of the second half. An old fashioned three-point play by JT Brown provided JCC their largest lead at 28-23 with 7:16 left in the first half. LCU responded by outscoring JCC 11-3 over the remainder of the half and took a 34-31 halftime lead.
Gilbreath (12 points) and Fowler (11 points) combined for 23 points in the first half, and they kept the Chaps offense rolling to open the second half. LCU, scoring the final two points of the first half, opened the second half on an 8-0 run (part of a 10-0 run and the 17-2 run) capped by three-pointers from Fowler and Gilbreath for a 42-31 LCU lead.
The Bulldogs cut into the LCU lead, getting their deficit to 43-36 before LCU responded with a 6-0 run for a 49-36 lead 7:33 into the second half. Lubbock Christian later went on a 10-2 run and built the game's largest lead (69-55) with an Isaac Asrat three-pointer with 2:04 remaining. LCU would go scoreless the rest of the way and the Bulldogs ended the game on a 6-0 run.
Gilbreath finished the game 7-of-12 from the field and was 3-of-6 from long range, topping his prior career-high mark of 22 points. LCU was 10-of-19 (52.6%) from three-point range, with Asrat going 5-of-7 en route to his 18-point performance (12 points in the second half).
Fowler's 18 rebounds topped the prior Rip Griffin Center record of 15 rebounds by Bernardo Rocha (Jan. 12, 2008 vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State). His career-high mark was also two-better than his prior career-high total (16).
The Chaps were 25-of-49 from the field (51.0%). They shot 54.2% (13/24) from the field in the second half, holding JCC to 31.0% (9/29) in the half. JCC was 34.5% (20/58) from the field overall. LCU's 51% from the field marked the fifth time they have topped 50% shooting in the last seven games.
JCC, an NAIA program from Hawkins, Texas, tabbed the game as an exhibition game. They were led by Chasten King, who had 15 points. The Bulldogs played 15 players and received points from 13 of them.
LCU improved to 9-4 and they have won four of their last five contests. The Chaps (7-1 at home this season) were facing the Bulldogs for the first time since Nov. 24, 2000 and they are 12-0 all-time against JCC.
For a stretch of 14:48, LCU outscored JCC 26-11. The span covered the final 7:15 of the first half and the opening 7:33 of the second half. LCU was 10-of-13 (76.9%) from the field during the stretch, while JCC was 2-of-18 (11.1%) during the same stretch.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Chaps tied a season high with 20 assists, with Cameron Copley, who was a +23 in plus/minus (+17 in the second half), producing a career-high eight assists. The Chaps assisted on 80% of their field goals (20-of-25), marking a season high in percentage of assisted field goals.
The Chaps are off until Friday, Jan. 4, as they host Randall University for their final non-conference contest of the season.