OKLAHOMA CITY (December 19, 2020) – Lubbock Christian University's men's basketball team moved to 2-0 on the regular season (and in Lone Star Conference play) with an 80-67 win over Oklahoma Christian Saturday night in the Eagle's Nest.
For the second straight game, it was LCU's impressive showing on offense in the second half that led them past OC. The Chaps shot 58.3 percent from the field (14-24), including 66.7 percent (6-9) on three-pointers in the final 20 minutes. Their largest lead came in the second half, when they went up by 16 points with exactly seven minutes left in the game.
The win moved the Chaps to 2-0 in Lone Star Conference play, giving them their first 2-0 start to conference play since the 2014-15 season, when they won their first four Heartland Conference games.
Early on, the game was much tighter. LCU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to layups from Lloyd Daniels and Rowan Mackenzie, but OC quickly responded and took their first lead of the weekend at the 13:22 mark, when Anthony Johnson hit a three-pointer and was fouled, making the ensuing free throw to put the Eagles up 10-6. That four-point gap was the largest OC was ever up by.
The Chaps retook the lead three minutes later, as Aamer Muhammad hit a pull-up three-pointer. The bucket sparked a 10-2 run by LCU, and with 5:20 left, Lubbock Christian had pushed the lead all the way out to nine points, but the half ended with seven straight OC points and the break came with LCU leading 31-29.
Mackenzie set the tone for the second half, opening up the period with a three-pointer, but the star of the final 20 minutes was freshman Gonzalo Corbalan. The Chaco, Argentina native scored 14 of his 20 total points in the second half, including a perfect 7-for-7 performance from the charity stripe. Corbalan also pulled down 10 rebounds in the win, giving him his first collegiate double-double.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Cameron Copley and Parker Hicks at the 15-minute mark put the Chaps up by double-digits for the first time. Hicks was unable to match his double-double performance from Friday night, but did reach double-figures with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Copley scored seven points and was again the LCU leader in assists with eight. Lloyd Daniels was the only other Chap to finish in double-figures, scoring 11 points.
The closest OC got the rest of the way was nine points, as the Chaps continued to make shots and hit 15-of-18 from the charity stripe in the second half to close out the win.
An 8-0 run by the Chaparrals with just over 15 minutes to play in the second half put LCU up by 11 and they never let the Eagles get closer than nine points from there on out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
For the second-straight game, Lubbock Christian drastically improved their shooting from the first half to the second. The Chaps hit only 40 percent of their shots in the first half (12-30), including 42.9 percent (3-7) from behind the arc. They improved to 58.3 percent (14-24) from the floor in the second half, including 66.7 percent (6-9) in the final 20 minutes.
The Chaps will break for Christmas before returning to action against UT Tyler for a pair of games on Jan. 2nd and 3rd at the Louise Herrington Patriot Center in Tyler, Texas.