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Men's Basketball - Wed, Dec. 11, 2013

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (4-1, 0-0) AT DALLAS BAPTIST (3-3, 0-0)

Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm

Burg Center (Dallas, Texas)

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About the Patriots

DBU has an even 3-3 record so far during the 2013-14 season. The club has registered wins against Dallas Christian, Mid-America Christian and Southeastern Oklahoma State while falling to East Texas Baptist, East Central and Texas A&M Commerce. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Perry leads the Heartland Conference with an average of 23.7 points per game and was the Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week on December 2.

 

History Between the Chaps and Patriots

DBU leads the all-time series, 22-13, between the two clubs. The last game between the pair dates back to February 17, 1990, when both squads were members of NAIA District 8. In that contest, the Chaps came out on top, defeating the Patriots 69-67 in Dallas. Scott Whillock led the Chaps with 18 points, and current LCU Athletic Director Paul Hise was also a member of the 1989-90 team.

 

Nationally Ranked...Sort of

The Chaps have put together some impressive statistics early on in the season, gaining rankings in the NCAA Division II national statistics...that is if their stats were to count. Because LCU is a provisional member of the NCAA, their numbers are not used in the official rankings, but when comparing the figures, LCU would rate among the nation's best. The Chaps' .580 field goal percentage leads all NCAA Division II teams, while their three-point field goal percentage (.462) is good enough for third in the country. The Chaps outrebound their opponents by an average of 15 per game for third in the nation and outscore their foes by 28.8 points per game for fourth best overall. In team field goal percentage, LCU trails only Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Div. III) in all three divisions of the NCAA. The Pointers, who are the No. 1 team in Division III, are hitting 61.5% of their shots.

 

Hitting the Mark

Ten Chaps are hitting at least 50 percent of their buckets this season, with freshman Isaac Cardona shooting at a .800 clip to sit atop the Heartland Conference rankings. Senior Eli Baker's .659 shooting percentage has him ranked in second place, while freshman Ridrell Holman (.613) and sophomore AJ Luckey (.588) occupy the seventh and 10th spots, respectively.

 

Cardona Making Presence Felt

Freshman Isaac Cardona is making the most of his 15.2 minutes a game, scoring 8.0 points per contest (fifth highest on the team) while converting 80 percent of his field goals (16-of-20). He also has contributed a team-high five blocks and has zero turnovers thus far. In the win at Eastern New Mexico on November 26, Cardona was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring on five of his seven attempts, including a stretch of three straight for the Chaps. Cardona also hit 4-of-5 from the free throw line and contributed two assists and two steals in the 72-69 victory.

 

Johnson Up and Down

After finishing 0-for-6 from the floor in the season opener against Open Bible College on November 15, sophomore Quay Johnson exploded against ENMU on November 19 for 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Against the University of the Southwest two days later, Johnson scored a game-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, hitting 3-of-6 from deep and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. In the victory at Eastern New Mexico on November 26, he disappeared, not even attempting a field goal in the first half, and finishing the game 1-3 from the field. However, his only field goal was crucial, coming with 11:18 left in the contest to give LCU a 49-46 lead. Against Ecclesia College on November 29, he only shot the ball twice, hitting one shot for a total of two points. Johnson's 9.6 points per game are fourth highest on the team.

 

Conference Leaders

LCU's high-octane offense early on in 2013 has the Chaps leading the Heartland Conference in several statistical areas through December 9. The 96.4 points put up per game leads the league, as does their +28.8 scoring margin. The team is knocking down .755 of their free throws to sit atop the conference - same as their .580 field goal percentage. Despite a relatively smaller front line, the Chaps are first in rebounding defense, allowing only 24.6 boards from their opponents and outrebounding teams by an average of 15.

 

Rounded Out Scoring

LCU has six players averaging eight or more points, led by Eli Baker's 14.4 ppg, while AJ Luckey contributes 11.0 per contest. Ridrell Holman is third with 10.6 ppg, Quay Johnson adds 9.6, and Isaac Cardona and Anthony Brancato each average 8.0 per game.

 

Chaps Deliver Another Win with High-Scoring Performance

In their last contest, Lubbock Christian cruised to a 105-68 non-conference win against Ecclesia College on November 29 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 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 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.