Top-ranked LCU outlasts A&M-Commerce to stay unbeaten

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COMMERCE — Parker Hicks had 21 points and 13 rebounds, helping No. 1 Lubbock Christian University keep its perfect record intact with a 63-59 victory Thursday night against Texas A&M-Commerce in Lone Star Conference basketball.

Rowan Mackenzie and Lloyd Daniels added 12 points apiece as LCU (15-0, 3-0) moved one win away from matching last season's 16-0 start, the program's best.

Alphonso Willis had 18 points and eight rebounds for A&M-Commerce (10-3, 2-2).

The Chaps trailed three times in the second half, the last after anWillis layup put the Lions ahead 45-44 with 11:35 left. Then A&M-Commerce tied the score at 47, 54, 56 and 58, the last time on a Willis basket with 1:43 to go.

Mackenzie put LCU ahead for good with two free throws at the 42-second mark. The Chaps were up 61-59 before Hicks made two free throws with three seconds left.

LCU finishes the two-game road trip with a game at 4 p.m. Saturday at UT Tyler (10-2, 2-1).

A&M-Commerce 66

LCU women 62

COMMERCE — Dyani Robinson scored 18 points and No. 6 Texas A&M-Commerce rallied past No. 2 Lubbock Christian University in an early showdown in the Lone Star Conference.

Chania Wright added 12 points and Desiray Kernal 11 for A&M-Commerce (12-1, 1-1), which trailed by 11 points twice in the second quarter and was down 36-28 at halftime. The Lions outscored the Lady Chaps 25-15 in the third quarter, however, and never trailed after a basket by Robinson put them ahead 55-53 with 7:48 left.

After Allie Schulte hit a 3-point goal that drew LCU within 64-62 with 31 seconds remaining, Dorian Norris made two free throws with 18 seconds left for the final margin.

LCU was picked first and A&M-Commerce second in the preseason poll for the 17-team conference.

Grace Foster poured in 20 points for LCU, matching a season high for the freshman from Childress. The Lady Chaps got 12 points apiece from Laynee Burr and Schulte and 11 from Juliana Robertson.

LCU (13-3, 2-2) visits UT Tyler (9-3, 2-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Wayland women 91

UNT-Dallas 77

DALLAS — Kaylee Edgemon scored 17 points, leading a group of five double-digit scorers that carried No. 9 Wayland Baptist to a Sooner Athletic Conference victory in its first meeting with the University of North Texas at Dallas.

Canton Moreno and Angel Hayden scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Wayland (17-2, 9-1). Kaitlyn Edgemon and Jenna Cooper added 13 apiece. Kaitlyn Edgemon grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double in a row and Hayden had a season-high nine assists.

Ashlyn Shelley added nine points for the Flying Queens, who play play Southwestern Assemblies of God (6-10, 3-7) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Waxahachie.

Zyunn Cormier scored 24 points for UNT-Dallas (9-8, 3-7).

SPC women 67

Clarendon 61

CLARENDON — Ashala Moseberry had 21 points and nine rebounds, leading South Plains College over Clarendon College in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

Raija Todd scored 13 points and Viktoria Ivanova 11 for South Plains (10-5, 3-0), which has won four games in a row, the first two in that stretch by forfeit.

Aileen Marquez scored 16 points for Clarendon (18-3, 3-2), followed by Joanna Munroe and Mah Minthe with 12 apiece.

SPC men 87

Clarendon 62

CLARENDON — Kieves Turner had his third big game in a row with 23 points as South Plains College put away Clarendon College in WJCAC play.

Turner, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, had 30 and 34 points in the previous two games. The hot stretch has boosted his average to 16.6 per game.

Savion Gallion scored 18 points for South Plains (10-7, 3-1), Khalifa Sakho 13 and Marcus Burnett 12.

Garren Davis scored 18 for Clarendon (6-13, 1-5).

Wayland men 66

UNT-Dallas 52

DALLAS — Parrish Hewitt had 17 points and nine rebounds in his Wayland Baptist debut, leading the Pioneers to a Sooner Athletic Conference road win against the University of Texas at Dallas.

Hewitt, a senior from Memphis, Tennessee, transferred to Wayland from Northwestern Oklahoma State. He helped the Pioneers (8-9, 4-6) snap a four-game losing streak, though the first two of the losses were forfeits.

Thad Udoh and Javorian Miller scored nine and eight points, respectively, for the Pioneers.

Wayland challenges No. 12 Southwestern Assemblies of God (12-3, 9-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Waxahachie.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: College basketball roundup: Top-ranked LCU outlasts A&M-Commerce to stay unbeaten

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