D-I MBB: CBU hand GCU first conference loss

California Baptist 65, Grand Canyon 62

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PHOENIX — California Baptist University’s men’s basketball team snapped Grand Canyon’s nine-game win streak on Saturday, as the Lancers beat the Lopes, 65-62.

It had been more than 60 days since the Lopes’ last loss, as they entered the game tied for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

Despite the Lopes entering the series with the second-ranked defense when it comes to field goal percentage, the Lancers put together back-to-back shooting performances of 40 percent or higher. It marks the first time this season a team has put together a 40-percent clip against the Lopes on back-to-back nights.

The game was highly contested from start to finish, as the score was tied 11 times, while only three lead changes occurred in all 40 minutes of play.

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A&M-Corpus Christi 77, Lamar 68

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An all-around effort led to a 77-68 victory for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball program over Lamar on Saturday at the American Bank Center.

Sophomore Jalen White shined with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Junior De’Lazarus Keys also excelled with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Nicholls 79, Central Arkansas 68

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THIBODAUX, La. — After enduring an aggressive back-and-forth battle across the opening 23-plus minutes of the contest, the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program (13-6, 10-2 SLC) turned to seniors Andre Jones and Ty Gordon hoping for an early-second half spark, instead watching the duo orchestrate an essentially-fatal 28-10 run to put visiting Central Arkansas (3-16, 2-9 SLC) away for good, upending the Bears by a final 79-68 margin Saturday evening at Stopher Gym to clinch the Red & Gray a second-straight Southland Conference Tournament berth.

New Mexico St. 67, Utah Valley 60

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EL PASO – In the end, it came down to fundamentals.

Utah Valley’s Trey Woodbury drained two free throws to make matters 60-60 with 1:51 to go, but the Aggies answered with a 7-of-8 free throw performance down the stretch and coupled with some well-timed defensive intensity NM State earned a hard-fought 67-60 triumph Saturday night at Eastwood High School.

Dixie St. 64, Tarleton 48

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Isaiah Pope tied a Dixie State four-year era record with six 3-pointers as part of a career night to help lead the Trailblazers to a convincing 64-48 victory over fellow Western Athletic Conference newcomer Tarleton State on Saturday night inside the Burns Arena.

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