CLAREMORE, Okla. (Feb. 16, 2019) – After a first half that ended in a 38-38 tie and a late lead by Rogers State, Lubbock Christian took a lead with 1:35 left in the game and held on, sweeping the season series with Rogers State.
It was the fourth straight win for the Chaps over the Hillcats, but marked the first time that they swept the season series against RSU since the 2012-2013 series, when they also won the home and road matchups.
Scoring was slow to start for both teams, and at the first media timeout the game was tied at 6-6. Rashaan Proctor then got LCU its first lead of the game with a pair of free throws and a bucket in the paint. Brennen Fowler hit a jumper a minute later and the Chaps had quickly built an eight-point lead.
Proctor played a season-high 34 minutes in the game against the HIllcats and took advantage of his opportunity, pouring in 17 points with just one missed shot from the field. The 17 points were a career high for Proctor and he added in five rebounds as well.
A three-pointer from Fowler at the 9:32 mark put LCU up by double-digits for the first time in the game and previewed a second straight strong scoring night from the Smyer native. Fowler hit a second three-pointer in the game and was 10-14 from the field overall for a second straight game of 20 or more points and an 11th time leading LCU in scoring.
Rogers State kept the game close, however, and slowly chipped away at the lead as the half wound down. LCU still led by as many as seven point with 3:08 to go after a Silas Crisler three-pointer. The Chaps did not score in the final three minutes of the half, and after two layups in the paint, Hillcat Jordan Johnson hit a three-pointer with one second left in the half to tie the game as the teams went into the locker room.
Isaac Asrat quickly gave LCU the lead to start the second half, hitting one of his three three-pointers. Asrat added in 11 points as the third Chap in double figures, marking the 45th time in his career that Asrat finished with at least 10 points.
RSU would not go away though and even took as much as a six-point lead on another three-pointer from Johnson with 9:58 left in the half. The Chaps responded with a seven point run of their own, capped off with a dunk from Brennen Fowler.
The Hillcats see-sawed back in front, but LCU kept the lead with a pair of three-pointers from Crisler who had nine points off the bench. Lubbock Christian took the lead for good with just over a minute to go on back-to-back buckets from Fowler, and Cameron Copley and Asrat closed out the win from the charity stripe.
With 9:58 left to go in the second half, Rogers State took its largest lead of the entire game, up by six points. Rashaan Proctor hit a layup in the paint on the ensuing possession, followed by a three-pointer from Isaac Asrat ad a dunk from Brennen Fowler that put the Chaps back on top. LCU would not trail by more than two points the rest of the game and would take the lead for good with 1:35 left in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Forward Brennen Fowler hit 11 of his 14 shots from the field for a .733 shooting percentage in the game. It was his fourth highest single-game shooting percentage of the season and his highest since Jan. 4 when he hit 81.8 percent of his shots and scored a program record 47 points.
Lubbock Christian will play its final true road game of the 2018-19 season, traveling to Wichita, Kansas to take on Newman at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.