McMurry University’s men’s basketball team could not overcome a hot first half by Lubbock Christian University, losing on the road, 86-78, at the Rip Griffin Center.
The War Hawks slipped to 11-15 overall and are now 6-11 versus the Heartland Conference. The Chaps improved to 16-8 and are 11-6 in league play.
LCU never trailed in the first half, leading by as much as 14 points with 6:42 left before the intermission. The War Hawks whittled away at the double-digit deficit and eventually went to the break down by just seven points, 46-39.
In the first segment, McM was able to pound the ball inside, tallying 20 of its points in the paint. Connor Robinson played a big role, hitting 5-of-6 from the field inside for 10 of his 12 points on the night in the opening half.
Meanwhile, the Chaps made a living from beyond the arc in the opening half. LCU was 8-for-12 from long distance in the period. (LCU finished the game 9-of-18 from long range).
After trailing the bulk of the second half, McMurry drew to within a single basket, 71-69, with 5:46 left to play after Kourtney Goff drained a three pointer.
But McMurry would get no closer as LCU score eight unanswered points to expand its advantage to 10 points (79-69) with 2:29 on the clock.
Alfred Perez scored 13 of his team-leading 21 points in the second half in leading the McM comeback. Perez also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.
Alex Lewis finished the night with 14 points and Goff added 13. Both pulled down five rebounds, with Goff also dishing off six assists.
Robinson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Hondo Webb booked eight points off the McM bench.
McMurry will close out the 2013-14 campaign on Saturday at UT-Permian Basin. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.