Area college basketball roundup: No. 1 Ashland tops No. 8 LCU in battle of national champions

SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore guard Jodi Johnson scored 26 points, fueled by 16 for 16 free-throw shooting, and No. 1 Ashland beat No. 8 Lubbock Christian University 79-66 Friday in a battle of the last two national champions in NCAA Division II.


Junior guard Maddie Dackin added 14 points for Ashland (5-0), which won its 42nd game in a row. The Ohio university went 37-0 last season.

Sophomore forward Maddi Chitsey led LCU (6-1) with 19 points, and junior forward Bobbi Chitsey was next with 16 points.

The game was part of the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic. On Saturday, LCU (6-1) will face Midwestern State at 3 p.m., and Ashland will take on St. Mary’s at 5 p.m.

Texas A&M-Commerce 68

LCU men 62

COMMERCE — Willie Rooks scored 21 points and Texas A&M-Commerce held off Lubbock Christian University, handing the Chaparrals their third loss this season by six or fewer points.

The game came on the first day of the Angelo State Thanksgiving Classic. LCU (2-4) will play host Angelo State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Angelo State was 5-0 going into Friday’s late game against Central Baptist.

LCU guard Isaac Asrat, playing against his former school, led the Chaparrals with 19 points. In order behind him were Marcos Schuster with 14 points, Brennen Fowler with 11 and Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath and Kentton Williams with five apiece.

LCU’s top five scorers each finished with four fouls.

Reggie Reid and Joseph Williams-Powell added 11 points apiece for Texas A&M-Commerce (4-0).

Seminole State 84

South Plains men 77

PLANO — Darnell Butler scored 23 points, including 14 in the second half as Seminole (Okla.) State knocked off No. 3 South Plains College on the first day of the Collin College Classic, dealing the Texans their third loss.

Marcus Blackwell added 16 points for the Trojans (8-2), who rallied from 14 points down in the second half. Cameron Kennedy scored 10.

Sophomore guard Jordan Brangers made seven 3-point goals and led South Plains (4-3) with 23 points, 15 in the second half. Keith McGee finished with 11, his season high, followed by Chris Orlina with 10 and Isaiah Maurice with eight.

South Plains plays Murray State (Okla.) at 4 p.m. Saturday.



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