SLC MBB Rundown: First half leads ACU to victory

Story courtesy: ACU, SHSU, Lamar Athletics

Abilene Christian 80, Austin Peay 72

The Wildcats responded to their season opening win in a major way Friday afternoon as they put on another defensive clinic to open up the game against Austin Peay. APSU came into the game 2-0 and was looking to remain undefeated in their final game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. ACU opened the game with a 30-11 run and never trailed in one of their toughest early season battles. The team held a 43-26 lead at the half but it was not quite smooth sailing the rest of the for the Wildcats. Austin Peay began hitting tough shots and found ways to break down the ACU defense to tighten the game in the second half.

With the Wildcats holding as much as a 20-point lead at points in the second half, the Governors found a way to make it a game late. With under two minutes to play, APSU cut the lead to 10 but the Wildcats were able to answer with a couple of defensive stops and made enough free throws to keep the Govs at bay, earning the 80-72 win.

The Wildcats have a quick turnaround for tomorrow’s game as they face Omaha at 10 a.m. CT to close out the #BeachBubble at the Gulf Coast Showcase.

No. 14 Texas Tech 84, Sam Houston State 52

A slow offensive start to the first half doomed the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team in an 84-52 loss to No. 14 Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena Friday.

Junior Zach Nutall led the Bearkats (0-2) with 14 points, two days after scoring a career-high 36 points in a road loss to SMU in Dallas. Senior Demarkus Lampley scored 12 points and true freshman Bryce Monroe added 11 to give SHSU three players in double-digit scoring.

The Red Raiders held the Bearkats to just 20.8 percent shooting in the first half to take a 43-15 lead into the break. SHSU shot the ball better in the second half (40.0 percent) to keep pace with Texas Tech, which only outscored the Kats 41-37 in the period, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

Georgetown transfer Mac McClung led the Red Raiders (2-0) with 18 points, and VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva chipped in 12.

Junior Tristan Ikpe added seven points and six rebounds for Sam Houston State, which will face Boise State at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tulane 66, Lamar 57

Tulane used a late run to defeat Lamar University Friday afternoon in the opening round of the Tulane Classic from Fogelman Arena, 66-57. The victory drops LU to 0-2 on the season as Tulane wins its season opener.

After trailing for the majority of the game, Tulane got hot late rattling off a 19-1 run to spark a team that finished 20-62 (.323) from the field, including 10-of-29 (.345) effort from three-point land. The Cardinals led the battle on the boards, 45-44, but that margin closed in the second half when senior Avery Sullivan and sophomore Corey Nickerson were forced to bench with foul trouble.

The Cardinals finished the game 19-of-55 (.345) from the field, but only three of their field goals came from long range. Big Red forced their guests into 15 turnovers but could manage just 13 points off those miscues.

Sophomore Anderson Kopp again led the Cardinals scoring 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Kopp was joined in double-figures by juniors Quinlan Bennett (14 points) and Ellis Jefferson (13 points). Both Sullivan and Nickerson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Tulane was led by 15 points from Jaylen Forbes.

The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they close out the Tulane Classic against Lipscomb. The game against the Bisons will tip off at 4 p.m. from Fogelman Arena.

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