BETHANY, Okla. – It took no. 16 Lubbock Christian 10:39 of game action to score his first basket of the game in a 66-57 loss to the no. 12 Southern Nazarene.
The Crimson Storm (2-1) opened the game on an 8-0 run, including an early three-pointer from Tyler McGhie. After a free throw made by Rowan Mackenziethe Storm collected ten more points, including straight three from Manny Dixon and Javon Jackson, to go up 18-1, before a Mackenzie lay-up at 10:39 of the first half scored the first field goal for the Chaps match (1-2).
Lubbock Christian made his own little run, beating the Storm 7-3, thanks to a pair of jumpers from Mackenzie and a three from Najeeb Muhammad, cutting SNU’s lead to 21-10 at 8:12 into the first half.
Defenses held both teams scoreless for the next two minutes of game action, before SNU made another run, a 16-2 run with four three-pointers, including two from McGhie, and the Storm s is away at a 37-12 advantage with 1:02 remaining in the opening frame. Karhan Jones hit a buzzer-beating layup, but LCU went into the half 37-14.
The 14 first-half points is the first time LCU has scored fewer than 20 points in a half since scoring 19 in the first stanza in a 79-61 win over Midwestern State on March 3. 2020.
The Chaps tried to close with a 7-0 run from Kurt Wegscheider early in the second half, but three from McGhie and Dixon put SNU ahead 49-21 with 15:26 left in the game. A three from Jackson with a lay-and-1 from Adokiye Iyaye and another 3-pointer from Xavier Bryant gave the Southern Nazarene their biggest lead of the afternoon, up 57-26 with 9:39 to play.
LCU then started their own 9-0 run, courtesy of a three-pointer from Russell Harrison and scores from Wegscheider and Muhammad, cutting the lead to 57-37 with 4:54 remaining. Iyaye drilled a three-pointer with 3:29 left to hold off SNU 62-39, but another LCU run through baskets from Harrison and Mackenzie cut the lead to 62-47 with 1:53 left.
Straight lines from Alec Zambia and Kendall Dow cut SNU’s advantage to 11 with 1:09 to go, and Dow scored four more points in the closing seconds, but the deficit was too heavy to overcome and the Southern Nazarene was eliminated. LCU 66-57.
It’s the first time LCU has lost consecutive games since Nov. 8-9, 2019, when the Chaps lost to Regis and the Colorado School of Mines in the Regis Conference Challenge to open the season. It’s also the last time the Chaps were sub-.500.
Mackenzie, Wegscheider and Dow all had 11 points for Lubbock Christian. This mark is a new career high for Dow during his short time in Hub City.
Iyaye led the Storm with 17 points, while McGhie and Jackson had 16 points. SNU shot 12 of 23 from three-point range, four times less than tying the record for most threes made against LCU by DBU in 2019.
Lubbock Christian will return to the friendly confines of the Rip Griffin Center, hosting NCCAA foe Arlington Baptist for the home opener on Monday, November 21. free entrance to the game. Tipping is fixed at 6 p.m.