LAWTON, Okla. (December 19, 2019) – The Lubbock Christian men's basketball team earned its first road win of the 2019-20 season Thursday night, taking down Cameron 82-66 in Aggie Gym.
The Chaps also moved above .500 for the first time all season with the win, improving their overall record to 5-4 and their Lone Star Conference record to 2-2. Cameron dropped to 2-7 with the loss and is 1-2 in league play. LCU has now won three straight games against Cameron and is 5-10 against them all-time.
All five Chap starters finished the game in double-figures, led Lloyd Daniels with 18 points. Daniels also finished with five rebounds and three assists. Parker Hicks was the best on the glass for LCU, falling just one rebound short of a double-double with nine boards and 15 points. He also contributed three blocks on defense. Copley once again led the team in assists with a season-high nine.
Hicks started the game with a block on the first shot by either team, but an offensive rebound by the Aggies was followed by a layup to get them on the board first. LCU's first bucket of the night came from behind the arc off the hand of freshman Ty Caswell at the 18:02 mark, cutting the Cameron lead to 4-3. The Wichita Falls native finished second on the team in scoring with 16 points, most of which came from his 4-5 shooting on three-pointers.
Caswell followed up with a fastbreak layup to give LCU its first lead, and Daniels followed with his first of two three-pointers on the night to quickly push the Chap lead to four points. Cameron kept close for most of the rest of the first half, however, even re-taking the lead with 8:10 remaining in the opening period. Copley then got three-points the hard way, followed by back-to-back made three-pointers from Caswell and Copley to give LCU back the lead. The would not trail again for the rest of the game.
An 11-2 run over the last four minutes of the first half sent the Chaps into the locker room with all of the momentum. Daniels then came out of the break and scored the first four points, followed by another Caswell three-pointer to get LCU up by 17 at the 16:21 mark.
Cameron cut the lead back to just 12 points with 14:32 remaining in the game on a jumper from Tyler Williams, but that was the smallest the gap would ever get the rest of the way. A dunk by Rashaan Proctor with 9:52 left to play sparked a quick 7-1 run by the Chaps that pushed the lead out to 20 for the first time. Proctor finished in double-figures for the second straight game, scoring 13 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Aamer Muhammad also got hot late in the game, scoring all eight of his points (including a fastbreak dunk) in the second half. The New Mexico native was responsible for eight of LCU's 10 points off the bench.
Muhammad's dunk came with just 59 seconds left in the game, but it put the Chaps up by 21 points, which was their largest lead at any point in the game. Cameron hit back-to-back three-pointers in the game's final minute, but it was too little, too late, as the Chaps walked away with the 82-66 win.
With LCU trailing 24-23 with 7:18 left in the first half, Hicks blocked an Aggie shot and Caswell hit a three-pointer on the ensuing Chap fastbreak. The shot sparked a 17-4 Lubbock Christian run to close out the half, and they never trailed again.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Chaps shot 52.6 percent (30-57) from the field against the Aggies, which was their second-best mark of the season. This included 45.5 percent shooting from behind the arc. Their shooting percentage was helped by the fact that they scored more than half (40) of their points from inside the paint.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Other scorelines of note in the Lone Star Conference include Texas A&M-Commerce beating previously undefeated Dallas Baptist 102-78 in Dallas, Angelo State losing to previously winless Midwestern State 80-74 and LSC newcomer UT Tyler taking down Tarleton 58-47 in Stephenville.
Lubbock Christian will travel down interstate 44 to take on Midwestern State in D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas. It will be the first Chap trip to D.L. Lion Coliseum since they up set the No. 1-seed Mustangs in the 2016 South Central Regional.