LCU falls in first ever LSC game

The Lubbock Christian men's basketball team led at halftime, but struggled to shoot the ball in the final 20 minutes, falling to Angelo State 73-63 Saturday afternoon.

As LCU's first-ever Lone Star Conference game ever, the Chaps dropped to 1-0 in LSC play. They are now 1-3 overall on the season.

Both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the first two minutes of the game with five missed attempts before LCU freshman Ty Caswell hit a three-pointer at the 18:05 mark in what would end up being his only basket of the game in 29 minutes of play.  Cameron Copley put in a jumper and Angelo State scored on a dunk, leaving the Chaps on top 5-2 at the first media timeout.

The Rams offense gained some momentum out of the stoppage and they took their first lead with 13 minutes left in the half, but a jumper from Lloyd Daniels and a three-pointer from Parker Hicks got LCU back on top. LCU and ASU traded baskets for much of the remainder of the first half, with neither team building a lead bigger than four points until the 2:16 mark, when a fastbreak layup from Aamer Muhammad put the Chaps up 29-24. Lubbock Christian went into halftime still holding their five-point lead.

LCU shot well from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game, hitting 14 of their 27 shots (51.85 percent), despite hitting on just two of their seven shots from behind the arc. The Chap offense would make exactly the same amount of shots in the second half, but on 39 attempts, dropping their shooting percentage to just over 35 percent.

The second half did start well enough, with Kobe Thompson hitting a layup to push the LCU lead to seven points, which is the widest it would get all game. The Chaps clung to the lead for the first seven minutes of the half, until a three-pointer from ASU's Jeremy Hayes put them on top 43-42.

Thompson helped the Chaps keep the game close with several buckets in the paint, and Lubbock Christian trailed by just two points with 7:44 left in the game. At that point, the Ram offense took over, going on a 14-2 run. By the time the Chaps got their next basket, there was just 1:53 left in the game and ASU was up by double-figures.

Layups from Silas Crisler and Thompson and a three-pointer from Copley cut the lead back to eight points, but with just 27 seconds left the Chaps were forced to foul, and  Angelo State hit the necessary free throws down the stretch to close out the game.

Thompson led all scorers in the game with a career-high 20 points, chipping in six rebounds and three steals on defense as well. His previous career high was 19 points, set in LCU's most recent game against Randall. Thompson's performance marked the first 20-point game by an LCU player this season and increased the junior's scoring average to 15.3 points per game. He also had six of LCU's eight free throw attempts, but hit only two of his shots.

Copley was the only other Chap to reach double figures, scoring 11 points with five assists and four steals. Daniels and Muhammad both finished with nine points.

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