LUBBOCK, TX (February 8, 2022) – Lubbock Christian’s men’s basketball team began another winning streak on Tuesday night as a senior forward Parker Hicks set a new school record for single-game points to lead the Chaps past Texas A&M-International 76-68.
The Decatur native was hot from the start. He scored the LCU’s first 34 points on his own and has already entered the locker room with a new career high at 36. He didn’t shoot as much in the second half, but he was 5-7 down for 14 more points. Overall for the night, Hicks was 16-22, including 6-8 from behind the arc. He was 12-14 from the free throw line and led the team in rebounds with eight.
Until Tuesday, the school record was held by former Chap forward Brennen Fowler, who scored 47 points against Randall on January 4, 2019. Hicks scored the 48and, record point from the free throw line with 4:09 left. He added another layup to reach 50 with three minutes left.
The 50 points are the most by an LSC player this year and tied for fifth by any Division II player this season. Hicks was two points away from tying the Lone Star Conference record for points scored in a league game and five points away from tying the league’s all-time best single-game mark. He is the first LSC player to reach 50 points in a game since Midwestern State’s Chris Hagen did on Dec. 13, 2010.
Cameron Copley was the only other Chap to score in the first half, hitting a jumper in the paint 19 minutes and 32 seconds into the game. The basket put the Chaps ahead by five, and even with Hicks as hot as him, they entered halftime by just three points.
A big part of the reason the game was so close was TAMIU’s Greg Bowie II, who hit a runner in the lane late in the first half to cut the deficit to three. Bowie had a great night himself, and he was the kind that would usually get you recognized as the player of the match. He scored 16 in the first half and finished the game with 33, shooting 12-20 from the field, including 5-8 from three-pointers.
Bowie scored the first bucket of the second half and the Dustdevils quickly took the lead on a Jermaine Drewey jumper at 18:24. TAMIU pushed the lead to seven points with 14:08 left, but Hicks hit a layup followed by a three-pointer to bring the Chaps back.
LCU spread the score a bit more in the second half as Hicks got help from Lloyd Daniels and Aaron Gonzales. Daniels reclaimed the Chaps lead with 8:47 left in the game with a layup and hit a jumper on LCU’s next possession to make it three. He was 6-8 from the field in the final 20 minutes for 15 points.
The game remained close, as Bowie continued to score. He hit a three-pointer with 6:33 left and got three the hard way with just over four minutes left. Lubbock Christian stayed ahead with layups from Gonzales and Hicks.
Gonzales hit the back-breaker with 1:51 left on the clock, catching in the corner and drilling a three-pointer to put the Chaps up by six. Bowie finally missed his first three-pointer on the other end and Zach Stepp grabbed the rebound. Daniels was fouled and hit both free throws and the Chaps made one final defensive save.
IN THE NUMBERS
With his 50-point game, Hicks’ scoring average for the season increased by nearly two full points, to 19.2 points per game. That mark ranks second in the Lone Star Conference, behind only Matthew Wilson’s 20.7 points per game.
With the game tied at 53-all with 11:02 remaining, Bowie hit a three-pointer to put the Dustdevils back on top. The Chaps scored the next eight points, getting baskets from Hicks, Daniels and Gonzales to take the lead for good.
It’s another short turnaround for the Chaps, who will face another tough test Thursday in a Rivalry on the Range road clash against West Texas A&M.