SAN ANGELO, Texas (November 24, 2017) – Lubbock Christian University dropped their fourth road game of the year following a 68-62 loss to Texas A&M University – Commerce Friday evening in San Angelo, Texas. Four Chaps registered double-scoring figures in the contest that featured 53 fouls between both teams. Junior Isaac Asrat led the Chaparrals with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor. Brennen Fowler also put up an impressive performance recording a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The night got off on the wrong foot for Lubbock Christian as Texas A&M – Commerce capitalized on a turnover by Marcos Schuster in the opening minute of play to take a 2-0 lead. Fowler gave the Chaps their only lead change of the game with back-to-back buckets from inside the paint. The LCU lead was short-lived as the Lions responded with a 14-0 run to pull away from the Chaps over a three-minute stretch. Kentton Williams split a pair of free throws with 11:52 left in the half to pull LCU within four-points, but that was as close as the Chaparrals would come for the remainder of the period. Asrat recorded the final basket of the opening half on a triple with seven seconds on the clock. Lubbock Christian entered the halftime break with a 40-32 deficit.
Fowler was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field recording nine points and six rebounds in the half. As a team, the Chaps tallied a 40.9% shooting mark on 9-of-22 from the field. LCU was saved by their performance from the free throw line going 13-for-17 (76.5%) from the stripe. Lubbock Christian's 11 turnovers in the half allowed TAMU-C to convert 14 points.
Willie Rooks led the Lions with an 11-point performance in the opening half to push Texas A&M – Commerce to a 13-for-26 team shooting mark. The Lions also enjoyed success from the free throw line only missing on one attempt for a 90% (9-of-10) performance.
Asrat opened up the second half scoring with a jumper from inside the paint 32 seconds in. LCU proceeded to go on a scoring drought that spanned nearly three minutes. Each team tallied eight points within the first 7:12 of the half where TAMU-C jumped to a 48-40 lead. Asrat knocked down a three-pointer with 8:50 on the clock to pull the Chaps within six points of the Lions, but Texas A&M – Commerce responded with an 8-3 run to take an 11-point advantage, their largest of the half with 5:41 to play. Schuster converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the Chaparrals within five-points of the Lions as 2:24 remained. That would be as close as LCU would come for the rest of the game, though, as Texas A&M – Commerce converted five of their last six free throws to take the 68-62 victory over the Chaps.
Asrat bookended the second period with the first and final baskets on his way to 12 points in the half on 5-of-10 shooting. Schuster added in seven points of his own in the half with all of his field goals coming from within two-point range. Fowler pulled down eight rebounds in the period, seven of which came on the defensive end of the floor.
Lubbock Christian combined for 28 of their 62 points from inside the paint. Their 20-for-52 (38.5%) shooting performance marked a season-low for the squad. The Chaps were also plagued with foul trouble as each of their starters finished the night with four personal fouls each. Asrat (19 points) led LCU in the scoring column for the fourth consecutive game. Fowler accounted for 14 of Lubbock Christian's 36 rebounds, on the way to his first double-double of the year. The Chaparrals out-performed the Lions on the glass by a 36-34 margin.
LCU falls to 2-4 on the year with the loss, but will have the chance to redeem themselves against tournament host Angelo State University tomorrow night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening in ASU's Junell Center. The contest will wrap up the ASU Thanksgiving Classic.