Russell Harrison

Lubbock Christian held UT Tyler to under 15 percent from the floor in the first half, as the Chap defense smothered the Patriots in a 58-48 win on Thursday, Jan. 19. 

LCU (11-6, 7-4 LSC) opened the contest on a 7-0 run, thanks to a pair of Najeeb Muhammad jumpers and a three from Rowan Mackenzie. After DJ Jones made three free throws for UT Tyler (8-7, 4-7 LSC), Aaron Gonzales added three points back to the Chaparral tally, giving Lubbock Christian a 10-3 lead with 14:39 remaining in the first.

A dunk from Kyle Frelow and a jumper from Rashun Williams cut the lead down to three, but a pair of shots from Kurt Wegscheider put the Chaps back up 15-7. Gonzales added a layup and two more threes to hit double-digits with 11 points in the opening half, and the Lubbock Christian bulge swelled to 23-8 with 5:40 left in the first half.

Wegscheider and Mackenzie dropped in two more buckets, and the Chaparrals entered the locker room up 27-12. LCU held UT Tyler to just 4-for-34 (11.76 percent) in the opening stanza, and the Patriots went 0-for-8 from three. 

Russell Harrison opened the second half on a six-point scoring run by himself, including an emphatic dunk to start the second half. The Chaps continued to work inside, as Muhammad and Mackenzie layed in two more shots, and LCU went ahead 39-21 with 14:47 left in the ballgame.

Fletcher MacDonald scored the next five points for the Chaps, splitting a pair of free throws and powering his way inside for a pair of layups. Jordan Hairston nailed a three for the Patriots, but Harrison answered with one of his own and LCU went up 47-26 with 8:26 remaining in the contest.

UT Tyler tried to get back into the game late with a 12-0 run, as Milan Szabo scored four points, before a three from Hassan Herrington found the bottom of the bucket. Barnell Davis connected on an old-fashioned three-point play, and a dunk by Szabo cut the Chap advantage to 53-44 with 1:17 left. Harrison drove inside to finish an and-1 play of his own with 40 seconds left, and drained two more freebies late, as LCU won their fifth straight game over UT Tyler 58-48.

Lubbock Christian held UT Tyler to just 17-for-60 (28.3 percent) from the floor, the first time the Chaps have held a team under 30 percent from the field since Dec. 6, 2021 against Oklahoma City. The Chaps won 93-48, as the Stars shot just 29.5 percent from field. That mark is also the lowest field goal percentage for a conference opponent against LCU since Texas A&M International shot 21.6 percent from the floor on Feb. 9, 2019. LCU won that contest 75-36, the lowest amount of points Lubbock Christian has allowed in a Lone Star Conference game.

It is the first time LCU held a conference foe under 50 points since Feb 20, 2021 when the Chaparalls defeated UTPB 88-49. It is the first home loss this season for UT Tyler, and their first home loss since Feb. 19, 2022 when the Pats fell 81-60 to St. Edward's at the Louise Herrington Patriot Center.

Harrison scored 16 of his 17 points in the game in the second half. The Lubbock native pulled down eight rebounds and also dished out a pair of assists.

Gonzales scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, just four points off of tying his career-high. Gonzales shot 5-for-10 (50 percent from the field) with three assists and a rebound. He also had a block and an assist. 

Mackenzie flirted with his third career double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds for the third time in his career. Mackenzie added nine points, while also picking up three assist. Like Gonzales, he also had a block and an assist.

Szabo led the Patriots with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

LCU heads to Dallas on Saturday, Jan. 21, to face Dallas Baptist. Tip-off from the Burg Center is set for 2 PM.