Claremore Daily Progress

January 20, 2013

SAC MEN'S BB: USAO knocks off Lubbock Christian, 82-72


CHICKASHA — No. 23 University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma shot 60.9% from the field, going 9-for-16 (56.3%) from three-point range, and defeated Lubbock Christian University 82-72 Saturday afternoon in a Sooner Athletic Conference contest inside USAO Fieldhouse.


LCU had their offense rolling early, with A.J. Luckey scoring nine of the team's first 11 points to open the game and LCU led 11-8. USAO slowly regained a lead and had a 20-17 lead before pulling away in the first half.  The Drovers showed strong offensive distribution in the first half, with their first seven field goals coming from seven different individuals and 10 different players contributing offensively in the half.  The balanced attack helped USAO go on a 9-2 run and outscore LCU 21-7 to close out the first half with a 41-24 lead. While LCU was a miserable 30.4% from the field (7/23) and just 1-for-3 from three-point range, USAO was 65.2% from the field (15/23) and 6-for-11 (64.5%) from long range.


The Chaps out-scored USAO 48-41 in the second half, but the game was mostly out of reach. Norris Rumph led USAO with 20 points and scored 12 of the points in the second half, helping USAO to lead as much as 73-47 (6:16 remaining). The Chaps received 12 points from Anthony Brancato and 11 points from Jamaal Crayton in the second half and LCU closed the game on a 15-2 run.  They had an 8-0 run over the final 53 seconds.


Rumph led all scorers with 20 points and Kennis White tallied 11 points for USAO's only players in double-figures, as they received points from 12 different players. LCU received 15 points from Jamaal Crayton, 13 from Luckey and Brancato had all 12 of his points in the second half. USAO finished the game 28/46 (60.9%) from the field, while LCU was 36.4% (20/55) from the field.


The loss was the second straight loss for LCU and it places them with a 3-3 mark in the SAC and 10-8 overall. USAO improved to 3-3 in conference and 10-4 overall. LCU returns home where they will host a ranked John Brown University squad Thursday inside Rip Griffin Center.