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WICHITA FALLS, Texas. In the first Lone Star Conference rematch of the regular season, Lubbock Christian is looking to avenge his loss to Midwest State earlier this month by traveling to Wichita Falls to take on Midwest State in a Western division decider.
Lubbock Christian (12–6, 8–4 LSC) at Midwestern State (9–10, 6–7)
Thursday, January 26 – 7:30 pm Wichita Falls, TX – DL Ligon Coliseum
NEED TO KNOW
– LCU beats DBU 73-69 on Saturday, January 21st. It was the Chaps’ first win over the Patriots since 2018 and the first win at the Burg Center since 2016. – Rowan Mackenzie recorded his third double of his career. -double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. McKenzie has hit double-figure rebounds twice this season. The junior is now 82 points away from 1,000 career points – Russell Harrison scored 20 points against the Patriots, knocking down three shots from behind the arc. Harrison is now 16 points behind a career 1,000 in NCAA schools and 71 points behind a career 2,000 overall. – Midwestern State won three games in a row at the start of 2023 but has now lost three of its last four matches. Of MSU’s 10 defeats, six were by five points or less.
BACK TO SCHOOL
The LCU has won two consecutive Lone Star Conference regular season championships and has a 50-14 record in the LSC since joining the conference in 2019. The Chaps are 27-7 in the Lone Star Conference road games, including a 10-0 away run. mark in the 2020-21 season. At the Rip Griffin Center, the Chaps are 23-7 in conference games. The LCU is also 2-2 in conference overtime since joining the LSC in 2019 after defeating Oklahoma Christian 70-68 in the OT earlier this season.
ROW ROW YOUR BOAT
Rowan McKenzie leads the Chaps in scoring this season, averaging 19.4 points per game and second in the LSC. This clip would also be tied with Keith Gardener (1978-79) for fifth in points per game of the season if the regular season ended today. McKenzie ranks second in the LSC in field goal percentage, shooting 57.7% from the field this season. The junior scored a career-high 35 points against the Colorado School of Mines on November 12, shooting seven 3s, just three short of the school’s record for most 3s made in a single game. For his impressive performance against the Orediggers, McKenzie received his first career LSC Offensive Player of the Week award on November 14, 2022. He received his second LSC Offensive Player of the Week award on 20 December 2022 with 20 points. with seven rebounds and five assists against Les Moines. McKenzie also had 16 points and four rebounds against No. 1. 4/5 West Liberty. McKenzie did it defensively as well, earning the LSC Defensive Player of the Week award on January 3rd. Against Cameron, McKenzie had four interceptions and two blocked shots against Aggie, holding CU by just 26.7%. out of three as the Chaps scored 22 with a loss. His 1.8 steals per game tied for fourth in the LSC. After flirting with a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds against UT Tyler, McKenzie scored 24 points and lost 10 boards against the DBU for his third career double-double. The junior also had two assists and a block, as well as 8 of 12 (66.7 percent) from the field.
MUST MAKE FREE THROWS
Lubbock Christian has hit the free throw line automatically this season, hitting 78.5% from the free throw line. This is third place in the Lone Star Conference and 11th in Division II. If the Chaps were playing Division 1 basketball, that score would also rank 10th in the DI rankings, ahead of the likes of Miami, Duke, Purdue, and Texas Institute of Technology. the conference.
FLUTTERING LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEENajib Muhammad has been giving away assists like hot cakes all season. On December 10, Muhammad ended his career with eight assists against Texas A&M International, just two days after having dealt six assists against Texas A&M-Kingsville. He then tied his season high with eight assists against Les Moines. Muhammad set a new season record for assists with nine against Cameron. Mohammed has also found his punch lately, scoring a season-high 21 points in the LCU’s 91–83 win over No. 4/5 West Liberty, 10 of 10 from the free throw line. This mark ties Kenny Hewitt to a record free throw percentage in a single game. Hewitt played 14 of 14 against the Mid-America Nazarenes on February 7, 2009. Muhammad also provided six assists and three steals against the Hilltoppers. This season, the Arizona Western College transition is averaging 10.4 points per game, and his 82 assists are fourth in the Lone Star Conference. Its gear ratio of 2.5 is second in LSC.
WAKE UP FEELING DANGER RUSSRussell Harrison tied his scoring record for his only season at Claredon College (2019-2020) with 33 points on December 3 against Arkansas Fort Smith. Harrison was an off-the-mark machine, hitting six 3-pointers in the game, including four in a row in the second half. The alumnus completed the night shooting field goal at 52.1 percent. Harrison filled the stats table in that game with eight rebounds, two assists and one shot blocking while walking away with one steal. Harrison is averaging 15.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. He’s just 16 points away from a total of 1,000 in NCAA schools. Harrison scored 704 points in two seasons at UL Monroe. Throughout his career, Harrison scored 1929 points, with 395 points in a season at NAIA Wayland Baptist and 550 points in a single season at JUCO Clarendon. Harrison scored 280 points for the Chaps this season.
MAKE THEM EARN
Opponents have struggled to beat the Chaps this season, averaging 66.2 points per game against Lubbock Christian. This is fifth in the conference and 38th overall in Division II basketball. Oklahoma Christian entered the game against Lubbock Christian with the best scoring offense in the LSC at 81.8 points per game, but Chap’s defense held the Eagles to a season-high 68 points. Against Arkansas Fort Smith, the Chaps held conference leading scorer Payton Brown (22.1 points per game) to 14 points and just 2-9-3. Against West Liberty, the Hilltoppers scored just 83 points, the first time they’ve kept below 90 points all season.
The LCU is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, the best in the Lone Star Conference and 56th in Division II. The Chaps had a 58.3 field goal percentage against Eastern New Mexico early this season, scoring 50 points against the Greyhounds in just the second half of the game. Most recently against the DBU, Lubbock Christian shot 48.1% from the floor, including 47.1% from the 3-point line. This season, the Chaps are shooting 35.8% from range, the second best in the Lone Star Conference.
– Midwestern State enters the game 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs are 4-3 in the Western Division. MSU has lost three of its last four games. – Despite having 49 points in the second half, ISU lost to Oklahoma Christian 79-72 on Saturday. The Eagles converted 50 percent of their shots from the floor and led 37–23 at halftime. – The Mustangs enter the game averaging the second-most rebounds per game in the conference with 37.2. Jermaine Carter is second in the LSC and 54th in the nation in rebounding per game, knocking down 8.5 boards per night. Carter also has six double-doubles this season, second in the conference and 30th in Division 2. – Pierre Sanders is third in the LSC and 46th in Division II with 34 interceptions. His 1.8 steals per game is third in the conference and 79th in the nation. – Justin Leslie was hired as the 10th Midwestern State Men’s Basketball Head Coach in the program’s history in April 2019. He led the Mustangs to wins on the books in each of his two seasons, earning spots in the Lone Star Conference post-season tournaments in each of his first three seasons. steering wheel. MSU has continued the late-flare trend by winning eight of the last 10 games in the 2021–22 regular season. The Mustangs picked up the pace as they posted a 16–15 overall record and finished 6th in the LSC Postseason Tournament advancing to the quarter-final round.
SERIES WITH MUSTANGS
Midwestern State leads an all-time 17-7 streak, posting a six-game losing streak that began in 1979 on January 1, 2023, knocking out chapters 71-65. Last season, the Chaps beat the Mustangs 66–52 at the Rip Griffin Center to go 20–0, their best start to the program. The Mustangs won 13 straight meetings from February 17, 1973 to February 1, 1979. At Wichita Falls, the LCU team is down 3–9 all-time, having won three games in a row. Chaps upset no. The Mustangs took first place in the first round of the 2016 NCAA South Central Regional Championship with a 79–73 victory at the DL Ligon Coliseum.
January 21, 2023 – In the DBU – Russell Harrison and Rowan McKenzie combined for 44 points as the LCU eliminated Dallas Baptiste 73–69 on Saturday, January 21. the game is going 10-0. The Chaps went 8-of-10 from a charity streak that stretch, while also holding a DBU 0-of-6 from the floor and forcing two losses. The win marked the LCU’s first victory over the Dallas Baptist since February 8, 2018, ending a six-game losing streak. It is also the first victory for the Lubbock Christians in Dallas over the Patriots since December 17, 2016, and only their third Big D victory over the Patriots. McKenzie recorded his third career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Aussie went 8 of 12 (66.7 percent) from the field and 2 of 3 (66.7 percent) of three, finishing with 2 assists and one block. Harrison scored 20 points in the game, his fifth game of the season scoring at least that many. The Lubbock native also grabbed three rebounds and intercepted the ball. Harrison is now just 16 points off his career 1,000 points in the NCAA schools and 88 points off his 2,000 career points.
WAS A VICTORY
– Become Todd Duncan’s 215th win as Chaps head coach (214-117) – Give the LCU a third straight win
The Chaparrals remain on the road, heading out of state for the first time in over a month to Lawton, Oklahoma, to meet with Cameron. The start is scheduled for 15:00 on January 28.