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Men's Basketball - Fri, Nov. 29, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (November 29, 2013) – Lubbock Christian cruised to a 105-68 non-conference win against Ecclesia College on Friday afternoon at The Rip Griffin Center behind 21 points from Ridrell Holman, while Tyler Rogers and Aaron Stephenson contributed 11 and 10, respectively.

 

This marks the third time the Chaps (4-1, 0-0 Heartland) have passed the 100-point threshold during the 2013-14 season and the fourth stint for head coach Todd Duncan is his tenure. LCU connected on 58.7 percent of their field goals (37-of-63), including a 42.3 percent clip from beyond the arc (11-26).

 

Holman got hot early, nailing his first two three-point attempts to give the Chaps a 6-2 lead less than two minutes into the game. He connected on another shot from deep at the 15:32 mark to put LCU up 13-4 before Ecclesia's Josh English answered back with a three of his own to cut the lead to 13-7. On the next possession, Eli Baker delivered an emphatic dunk to extend the Chap advantage by two more. A layup by Beau Durham, jumper by Anthony Brancato and a baseline floater from AJ Luckey put the Chaps up 50-28.

 

A three-pointer by Jeremy Ford increased LCU's lead to 31-11 with under 10 minutes to play, and a fast break dunk by Brancato gave the Chaps a commanding 35-11 edge. Marcus Arrington scored off of a give-and-go from Durham before English hit another three-pointer for a score of 37-15. The Royals (3-7) were able to piece together a 9-2 run to close the gap to 46-28 after a trey by Ecclesia's Austin Burroughs, but Ford nailed a jumper and Rogers converted a layup with two seconds remaining in the half for a 50-28 LCU lead at the break.

 

The Chaps continued their notable play in the second half with Baker stripping the ball inside the lane from the Royals on the first possession, leading into a two-handed jam. Another defensive play, this time a block by Isaac Cardona, steered the way for a fast break layup by Rogers to push the Chaps out front 54-28.

 

With 10:40 remaining in the contest, Luckey shot a three from the right baseline that bounced in for a 74-40 LCU lead, and a jumper from Cardona and a trey by Holman added on five more Chap points. Stephenson's career-high 10 points all came within a four-minute span, beginning with a three-pointer at the 6:48 mark, and ending on a layup with 2:29 to play on a no-look pass from Ondrej Gargula.

 

Brancato collected a team-high seven rebounds, and nine Chaps recorded at least two assists in the contest.

 

For the Royals, Phillip Foster scored the bulk of the team's points, finishing with 28 marks on 10-of-16 shooting.

 

The Chaps have a bit of a break before returning to the court, kicking off Heartland Conference play on the road December 12 at 7 p.m. versus Dallas Baptist and at Oklahoma Christian on December 14 at 3 p.m.