LUBBOCK, Texas (Jan. 8, 2022) – Oklahoma Christian may have scored the first basket of the game, but it was all Chaps at the Rip Griffin Center on Saturday afternoon, as Lubbock Christian University fled with an 88- win. 56.
It’s the 14the back-to-back win to start the season for the Chaps, who are now two wins away from equaling the best start in the 16-0 schedule they established last season. They are also 2-0 to start the Lone Star Conference game, making them one of only two teams to go undefeated in the league. Texas A&M International is the only other, but they only played one LSC game.
OC briefly took the lead, securing a three-point pointer from Moun’Tae Edmundson to open the game, but the Chaps had taken the lead in the first media timeout thanks to back-to-back jumpers from Parker Hicks and Aam Muhammad.
The two shots in the air were part of a 13-0 streak for the Caps that put them in the lead in earnest and led to a 10-point lead at 13:25. Oklahoma Christian responded, however, scoring seven points in a row to reduce the lead to three points.
At this point, apparently it was time for Muhammad to take matters into his own hands. As of 9:17, the New Mexico native has scored 11 straight points on his own. He hit three straight three runs and finished the run with a quick steal and dunk, increasing Chap’s lead to 15 points.
Muhammad scored a record 22 total points, but 18 of them came in the opening 20 minutes of the game. He was incredibly efficient in his shot with nine shots in 12 attempts, including a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc. It’s the fourth time this season he’s scored at least 20 points, which ties him to Hicks for the team lead.
Before half-time was over, the Chaps recorded another 11-0 streak and led by 23 points as the teams entered the locker room.
LCU’s lead was pushed back to 30 points less than six minutes after the start of the second half when Jalen brattain hit a three-point pointer and the Chaps began substituting for starters shortly thereafter. Every player on the list participated in the game and 11 of 12 scored at least two points.
The biggest gap ever was 36 points, when Alec Zambia scored in the paint to put the Chaps in front by 36 as they passed the Eagles.
Hicks and Lloyd Daniels were the only two Chaps to join Muhammad in double digits, even though LCU shot 59% from the field as a team. Hicks was 6-9 off the ground and made two three-point attempts for 17 points. He was also the team’s top rebounder with five rebounds. Daniels was also effective 7-10 for 16 points, while also registering eight assists, a record for the team.
IN THE NUMBERS
The Chaps have held Oklahoma Christian to 56 points, which marks the ninth time this season that they have held an opponent to 60 points or less.
The Chaps will be on the road next week, rocking East Texas with games at Texas A & M-Commerce and UT Tyler on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.