LCU Basketball

BETHANY, Okla. - It took no. 16 Lubbock Christian 10:39 of game action to rattle home their first field goal of the game in a 66-57 loss to no. 12 Southern Nazarene.

The Crimson Storm (2-1) opened the game on an 8-0 run, including a three-pointer from Tyler McGhie early. After a made free throw by Rowan Mackenzie, the Storm rattled off ten more points, including back-to-back threes from Manny Dixon and Javon Jackson, to go up 18-1, before a Mackenzie layup at the 10:39 mark of the opening half marked the first field goal of the game for the Chaps (1-2).

Lubbock Christian went on a small run of their own, outscoring the Storm 7-3, thanks to a pair of jumpers by Mackenzie and a three by Najeeb Muhammad, cutting the SNU lead to 21-10 at the 8:12 mark in the first half.

The defenses held both teams without any points for the next two minutes of game action, before SNU went on another run, a 16-2 run with four made three pointers, two of those by McGhie, and the Storm pulled away to a 37-12 advantage with 1:02 left in the opening frame. Karhan Jones hit a buzzer beating layup, but LCU went into the half down 37-14.

The 14 points in the first half is the first time LCU has scored under 20 points in a half since scoring 19 in the opening stanza in a 79-61 win over Midwestern State on Mar. 3, 2020.

The Chaps tried to pull closer thanks to a 7-0 run by Kurt Wegscheider early in the second half, but threes from McGhie and Dixon put SNU ahead 49-21 with 15:26 left in the game. A three from Jackson along with an and-1 layup by Adokiye Iyaye and another three-point basket from Xavier Bryant gave Southern Nazarene their largest lead of the afternoon, going up 57-26 with 9:39 left.

LCU then began a short 9-0 run of their own, thanks to a three-pointer by Russell Harrison and scores from Wegscheider and Muhammad, cutting the lead down to 57-37 with 4:54 remaining. Iyaye drilled a three-pointer with 3:29 left to push SNU back up 62-39, but another LCU run thanks to baskets by Harrison and Mackenzie cut the lead down to 62-47 with 1:53 left.

Back-to-back threes by Alec Zambie and Kendall Dow cut the SNU advantage down to 11 with 1:09 left, and Dow scored four more points in the waning seconds, but the deficit was too much to overcome, and Southern Nazarene knocked off LCU 66-57.

It is the first time LCU has lost back-to-back games since Nov. 8-9, 2019 when the Chaps lost to Regis and Colorado School of Mines at the Regis Conference Challenge to open the season. That is also the last time the Chaps have been under-.500.

Mackenzie, Wegscheider and Dow all tallied 11 points for Lubbock Christian. That mark is a new career-high for Dow in his short time in Hub City.

Iyaye paced the Storm with 17 points, while McGhie and Jackson picked up 16 points. SNU shot 12-of-23 from three-point range, coming four makes shy of 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, Nov. 21. Tip-off is set for 6 PM.