ABILENE, Texas (January 18, 2014) – Tyler Rogers tallied 17 points to lead five Chaps in double figures as Lubbock Christian used a crucial 19-7 run midway through the second half to slip past McMurry in a 77-60 victory at Kimbrell Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Eli Baker posted his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeremy Ford tied his season-high with 13 points, and Anthony Brancato and A.J. Luckey each added a dozen. The Chaps knocked down a season-high 28-of-33 from the charity stripe and committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Two three-pointers by Ford and another by Rogers broke open a close game to put the Chaps (8-5, 3-4 Heartland) up 47-35 with 12:41 to play in the second half. Those nine consecutive points were a part of the vital run LCU used in the opening nine minutes after halftime to put the Chaps in control at 50-35 with 11 minutes remaining.
The War Hawks (8-8, 3-4 Heartland), playing without its two leading scorers in Kourtney Goff and Brandon Golden, were able to pull within eight on a three-point play by Alfred Perez, but four straight free throws by Rogers opened the gap again for a 57-45 Chap advantage with 8:07 on the clock. McMurry was unable to pull within single digits the rest of the way, as the Chaps hit all 10 of their free throws in the last five minutes of the contest, with Luckey draining all eight of his attempts.
The Chaps jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the contest on jumpers from Beau Durham, Brancato and Rogers before the War Hawks were able to make their way into the scoring column on a layup by Perez. Connor Robinson gave McMurry its first lead of the contest on a bucket in the paint at 10:06 for a slight 13-12 edge. The first seven field goals of the contest for the Chaps came from seven different players, with Quay Johnson's three-pointer culminating the stretch for a 17-15 Chap lead.
Two free throws by Brancato tied the game at 23-23 with 3:25 to play, and a free throw by Baker gave the Chaps the lead they had lost eight minutes earlier. Another shot from beyond the arc by Johnson extended LCU's lead to 29-26, but McMurry's Will Adams scored off of a Jordan Holmes' miss with nine seconds left to cut the lead to one. A three-point attempt by Johnson before the buzzer was unsuccessful.
A jumper by Baker began the offense for LCU in the second half, and Marcus Arrington followed with a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Chaps up 34-28 two minutes in. Ford scored on three consecutive trips down the court, hitting a jumper and two three-pointers, all of which came during the decisive run by the Chaps.
Perez scored a game-high 22 points for the War Hawks, and Alex Lewis and Holmes each recorded 14.
LCU concludes its five-game road stint next week, visiting Newman on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday at 3 p.m.