The Lubbock Christian University men’s basketball team won a record seventh straight conference game on Saturday night against St. Mary’s University. In a tough fought game, the Chaps outlasted St. Mary’s in overtime, winning 73-69. The game was notable for several reasons, including an abundance of fouls. There was a combined total of 51 fouls called on the two teams. Most importantly, though, this seventh straight conference win set a program record for Chap basketball.
The win gives the men’s basketball team 9 wins in their last 10 games and a record of 10-5 in conference and 15-6 overall. This puts the team in third place in the Heartland Conference behind UA Fort Smith and Texas A&M International. Key performances by Eli Baker, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and late pressure free throws (6 0f 6) in the final minutes of the contest by Tyler Rogers were crucial in the victory.
Following the game, senior forward Eli Baker was asked to reflect on the experience.
How does it feel to set a program record? “It feels great because it is my senior year and there have been so many good teams that came through here. I am just honored to set the record.”
What does setting a record mean to you? “A lot because it shows how good our team is and that we work hard towards our goals.”
What did these wins mean to you personally and to the team as a whole? “To the team as a whole it means a ton because this is my last year and I want to make the best of it. As a team we feel good but we want to win the rest of the games.”
What was the team atmosphere like after the win on Saturday? “It was crazy. Everybody was excited and in good spirit.”
Freshman guard Ridrell Holman was also interviewed regarding the big victory. Holman noted that “The atmosphere was indescribable leading up to, and during the game, we knew that we had the opportunity to do something that had never been done before and we went out there focused and knowing what task was at hand. With the game going into overtime, the suspense built up and being able to pull out the win in that fashion really showed the determination and will that our team has to do great things. As far as after the game, we celebrated and all were a little more proud of each other and the fans that we have supporting us each and every game.”
As with all sports or other activities at Lubbock Christian University, what makes a program successful is team effort. The effort of all of the players on the floor or on the bench was evident in the win against St. Mary’s but also in all of their wins this season. Not to be underestimated though, is what is commonly known as the tenth man (coined this season by the Seattle Seahawks fans). No matter what the circumstances, our fans are always encouraging and vocal in cheering the team on, and players and coaches always appreciate this.
A final note should be made about the man in charge of the team. What a great job Coach Duncan has done. While coaches don’t always get a pat on the back or positive ink when they are losing, they do when their winning. It is obvious by the hustle on the court and attitude of the players that Coach Duncan is doing a great job and should be positively acknowledged win or lose, but of course, to be honest, we do like the winning better.
Go Chaps, and congratulations on another great win!
Editor’s Note: The Chaps will be in action at home three more times this season. You can catch them in the Rip on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 3pm, when they play UTPB; Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7:30pm, when they host McMurry; and at their last game of the season on Saturday, March 1st, when they take on St. Edward’s at 3pm.