LUBBOCK, Texas (February 2, 2017) – Lubbock Christian hopped back to their winning ways Thursday night in an 84-55 victory over Texas A&M International inside Rip Griffin Center. Senior Ridrell Holman exploded for a career-high 29 points while Tyler Rogers added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. The Heartland Conference contest was part of the NCAA Division II's Basketball Showcase, with the game televised nationally on American Sports Network.
LCU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after Ridrell Holman knocked down his first three-pointer of the evening. TAMIU came racing back and eventually took an 18-13 lead on a trey by Kenny Hatch with 10:30 left in the half. Marcus Arrington responded for LCU by kicking off a 24-4 scoring run for the Chaps. The scoring flurry was highlighted by 12 points from Holman and a strong Chaparral defense, which put the Dustdevils in a four-minute scoring drought. TAMIU's final basket of the half came at the 3:05 mark.Brennen Fowler knocked down a pair of free throws with one-minute left to push the Chap to a 37-24 lead at the break.
Lubbock Christian's defense was air-tight in the opening period. They forced the Dustdevils into 36% (9-of-25) shooting from the floor and just two free throw attempts. Holman's hot-hand propelled LCU to 57.1% (4-of-7) from three-point land and 45% (9-of-20) from the field. The Chaps got to the free throw line a total of 18 times in the half and converted on 15 for an 83.3% mark. Holman was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc and 71.4% (5-of-7) from the floor for 17 first half points.
Kenny Hatch kept the Dustdevils in the contest by throwing up 12 of TAMIU's 24 first half points. Hatch had the Dustdevils only two free throws in the half. TAMIU fouled the Chaps a total of 13 times in the first period.
While LCU held a 13-point lead at halftime, the Chaparrals were just getting started. Tyler Rogers scored the Chap's first bucket of the second period to spark an 11-2 LCU run. Holman scored nine of Lubbock Christian's next 15 points to give the team a 54-33 lead over with 13:37 left in the contest. The Chaps continued to put a cushion on their lead and took a 28-point advantage on a thunderous put-back dunk by Rogers with just over four minutes remaining. Finally, it was Chuck Kendley who put his stamp on the game with his first ever three-pointer to give LCU the 84-55 victory over the Dustdevils.
Rogers and Holman were the only Chaps to get in double scoring figures for the second half. LCU improved upon their opening period of play with a 61.5% (16-of-26) second half performance. Rogers crashed the boards picked up seven of his 10 rebounds in the second period alone. The Chaps continued to flourish from the charity stripe with a 91.7% (11-for-12) average. Redshirt freshman Chuck Kendley jumped into the box score late in the game with his first career three-pointer.
TAMIU's 55-point performance marks their lowest scoring loss of the season. Denzel Bellot notched 10 points in the half and was the only Dustdevil to post double-scoring figures in the final period. TAMIU (14-8, 8-4) could not get things working and finished the evening shooting 37.3% (19-of-51) from the field and 26.1% (6-for-23) behind the arc. Head coach Bryan Weakley was handed a technical foul at the 13:37 mark of the second half.
Lubbock Christian finished the night shooting 54.3% (25-for-46) from the floor and 47.1% (8-for-17) from downtown. Holman pitched in a career high six three-pointers and 29 points on 60% (9-of-15) shooting. Rogers was one rebound shy of tying a career-high, but still managed to finished the night with 23 points and 10 boards.
The Chaps are now 13-8 on the season and 7-4 in Heartland Conference bouts. Coach Duncan and his men will now look ahead to their matchup against St. Mary's University on Saturday. Tip off is slated for 3:00 pm inside Rip Griffin Center.