For just the second time in school history, the Lubbock Christian University Chaps defeated the West Texas A&M Buffaloes in men's basketball, as the Chaps topped the Buffaloes 65-59 Monday night at the First United Bank Center.
Lubbock Christian, who trailed as much as nine points in the first half, held the Buffs to just a field goal on their first six shooting attempts in the second half, allowing the Chaps to respond from a 33-30 halftime deficit with a 7-2 run in the opening five minutes of the half to take a 37-35 lead.
Derrick Huffman's lay-up with 7:32 remaining capped a 15-5 LCU run and presented the Chaps with a 54-45 lead and their largest lead of the game.
The Buffs stormed back with ten unanswered points and with 2:56 remaining, the Buffs regained the lead 55-54. The two teams traded buckets and LCU was able to pull away with 1:02 remaining. Robert Lee hit a free throw for the Buffalos to pull within one point (60-59), but the second free throw missed and Tyler Cooper missed the offensive rebound tap-in, and LCU was able to pull away from there. Jacob Klockenga hit a jumper four seconds later for the Chaps and Kenny Hewitt positioned himself to draw a charging foul against Andre Hill on the ensuing Buffs position, forcing the Buffalos to play catch-up. LCU was able to hit their free throws the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Klockenga, Hewitt and Huffman each contributed double-digits point totals for LCU, with Klockenga leading the Chaps with 14 points, converting four of six shots from the field and two of three shots from three-point range.
Hewitt matched a season high with 12 points and now has back-to-back 12-point performances. He also led the Chaps with four rebounds. Huffman registered a season-best 11 points. Kyle Shieds led the Buffs and all scorers with 15 points.
The last win for the Chaps over West Texas A&M came during the 2002-2003 season. LCU is now 2-15 all-time against the NCAA Div. II Buffaloes.
Lubbock Christian nailed 17 of 20 free throws in the win and forced 27 turnovers. The stats were able to lead LCU despite the Buffs holding a 30-20 rebound advantage.
Lubbock Christian ends a three-game losing streak with the win and improves to 5-4 overall, while the Buffs drop to 7-4. The Chaps return to the hardwood on December 29th with a non-conference tip against Eastern New Mexico at 2 P.M. inside the Rip Griffin Center. The game will mark their final game of the 2007 calendar year and it is their final scheduled non-conference game of the season.
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