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Wildcats shatter school record for 3-pointers in 67-point win over Southwestern Adventist

Published On: Feb 22 2014 10:43:57 PM CST
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In one of the highest scoring games in ACU men's basketball history, the Wildcats thrashed the Knights of Southwestern Adventist Saturday at Moody Coliseum, 124-57, on the strength of a school-record 21 3-point baskets.

The Wildcats' point total is the fourth-highest in school history behind only the all-time record of 130 points set vs. Paul Quinn in 1976, followed by a 129-point game vs. Central Oklahoma in 1998, and a 128-point performance against National Christian in 1995.

ACU tonight made 13-of-19 3-point attempts in the first half, leaving them three shy of the old record of 16 set against West Texas A&M on Feb. 14, 2006. So knowing full well the school and league records were within reach, the Wildcats went on to bury eight more treys on 15-second half attempts to tie the Southland Conference record first established by Nicholls State against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2007.

The Wildcats' collection of sharp-shooters tonight included junior Julian Edmonson, whose career-high 33 points is the highest single-game point total by a Wildcat since Dejan Sencanski scored 33 in a March 1, 2008, game against Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

Edmonson finished the game 12-of-18 from the field and tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with eight, tying the mark set originally by Corey Stone against Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 3, 1994, and later matched by David Baxter against Angelo State on Jan. 24, 2005.

Sophomore Parker Wentz also had a tremendous night in recording the first double-double of his career, scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists. Incredibly, he is the first Wildcat since Brandon Callahan in Feb. of 2007 to record 10 assists in a single game.

As a team, ACU finished with 35 assists - two shy of the team record of 37 set in 1976 vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State.

Wentz overall was 9-of-15 shooting and 6-of-12 from three-point range in recording his third straight game of 20 or more points. And on defense he was credited with four rebounds and a career high five steals.

Others scoring in double figures for the Wildcats were Rafael Farley, who scored 15 points on five 3-pointers, plus Austin Cooke (13) and bench players James Pegues (11) and Jacob Lancaster (13). In fact, the ACU reserves shut out Southwestern Adventists, 61-0.  

In leading this game from wire to wire, the Wildcats scored 68 points in the first half on 70.3 percent shooting (26-37) while allowing only 21 points to the Knights. ACU scored the game's first 10 points in under four minutes and didn't surrender a field goal until Terry Eichelberg hit a jumper at 14:12 mark.

The Wildcats' amazing first half also included four consecutive 3-pointers and a six-minute stretch in which the home team made 12 consecutive field goals. Edmonson sparked the streak with a layup at the 10:48 mark, followed by jumpers from Cooke and Wentz. 

Wentz and Farley then hit back-to-back treys followed by eight more points from Wentz in just under 70 seconds. The Wildcats finished their impressive run with four-straight buckets in the paint, including a dunk from Michael Grant, as they started the game 21-of-26 from the floor. 

ACU's last bucket of the half was a three-pointer from Farley with five seconds remaining.

The Wildcats' didn't start as strong in the second half, but got things corrected near the midway mark as Wentz and Edmonson combined for three 3-pointers during a two-minute stretch. ACU also finished the game well in connecting on eight of its final 10 field-goal attempts. 

Wentz hit the team's 20th 3-point bucket with just under 3-minutes remaning, but the one that tied the conference record belonged to Lancaster, who entered tonight's game having never attempted a basket from beyond the arc. Lancaster hit his big basket with 2:23 to go, and from there the Wildcats received additional points from Cooke, Grant and Chris Blakeley - who netted the first four points of his career on 2-of-3 shooting. He also tied Riley Payne tonight for the second-most assists with five.

The Wildcats have now hit 238 3-pointers on the season, leaving them four short of breaking the single-season team record of 241 set in 2005-06.

ACU returns to action next week for its final Southland Conference road trip of the year. The Wildcats visit Nicholls State on FEb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and McNeese State on Sat. March 1 at 3 p.m.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.