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Men's Basketball - Fri, Nov. 15, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (November 15, 2013) – Fourteen Chaps made their way into the scoring column in an 111-55 win over The Open Bible College during Lubbock Christian's season opener Friday night at The Rip Griffin Center. Anthony Brancato scored a game-high 16 points, AJ Luckey recorded 14, Eli Baker tallied 13 and Isaac Cardona notched 11 in his first game as a Chap.


The 111 points set a Rip Griffin Center record and were the most scored by the squad during head coach Todd Duncan's reign. The team was four points shy of the previous high of the 115 scored against Barclay College on November 12, 2004. This 56-point margin of victory eclipsed the most recent high of 34 points in an 82-48 win versus Arlington Baptist on November 20, 2012.


The Chaps (1-0, 0-0) hit 59 percent of their field goals (41-69) and shot 81 percent from the free throw line (21-26) while outrebounding the Bruins 54 to 26. The starting five for LCU (Luckey, Baker, Brancato, Beau Durham and Jeremy Ford) connected on 20-of-29 of their field goal attempts.


To begin the game, LCU went up 5-0 on a bucket by Durham and a three-point play by Baker, while OBC got on the scoreboard two-and-a-half minutes into the contest on a layup by Trey Lindsey. The Bruins stayed close at the 16-minute mark before the Chaps went on a 16-0 scoring binge, which included a putback dunk from Brancato off of a Durham miss.


Tyler Rogers drained his first four shots from the field, punctuated by an and-one to extend the Chap lead to 32-10 with just over 10 minutes to play in the first stanza. Cardona immediately made his presence felt in the post, compiling a block and a rebound, followed by a three-point play and another bucket in the paint to put LCU up 39-15.


Lindsey was able to knock down a jumper before Baker threw down a dunk, knocked in two from the line, Durham converted a three-point play, and Ford drained a three for a 30-point advantage. Aaron Stephenson nailed a three-pointer from the baseline with four seconds to go for a 58-23 halftime lead.


The second half was much of the same, as a barrage of shots from deep by Luckey and a pair from Brancato played part in a 17-1 run to extend LCU's lead past the half-century mark at 75-24. Freshmen Ridrell Holman and Cardona combined for 10 straight Chap points to push the lead to 87-34. Another group of freshmen, Ondrej Gargula, Jacob Dawson, Marcus Arrington and Matthew Alford, scored the next 16 Chap points to run the lead up to 105-53 with two minutes left in the game. Two free throws by Quay Johnson gave LCU its largest lead at 56 and the final score of 115-55.


Baker and Brancato reeled in game-highs of eight rebounds apiece, and Arrington handed out a game-high six assists. Lindsey led OBC in scoring with 16 points and Darnelle Reese contributed 15.


The Chaps play again at home on November 19 for a 7:00 pm tipoff against Eastern New Mexico.