ABILENE, Texas – Despite a season-high 22 points from senior Alfred Perez, McMurry University dropped a 77-60 decision to Lubbock Christian University Saturday afternoon in Heartland Conference play at Ron Holmes Court at Kimbrell Arena.
The War Hawks have dropped two-straight and four of their past six.
"Again it comes down to defensive effort and guarding people and we didn't execute at all," McM head coach Clif Carroll said following the game. "It's simple mistakes that are costing this team and we are going to strictly work on defense this upcoming week at practice."
The first half was evenly matched and the Chaparral's entered intermission with a 29-28 lead.
However, that's as close as the Maroon and White would come.
A one-point margin quickly turned into a nine-point lead and McM found itself playing catch-up for the rest of the game.
McM sent LCU (8-5, 3-4 HC) to the charity stripe early and often in the second stanza – with the Chaps converting 22-of-25 free throws.
"That's what happens when you have to play from behind," Carroll said. "They are a well-coached team and you just have to give them credit. They stuck to their game plan and played great basketball."
Freshman Jordan Holmes (Silsbee, Texas/Silsbee HS) came off the bench and dropped 14 points. Junior Alex Lewis (Converse, Texas/Temple College) scored 14 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Perez (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS) was 8-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The War Hawks will soon turn into road warriors and play five of their next seven games on the road.
McM (8-8, 3-4 HC) travels to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Jan. 23) and Rogers State University (Jan. 25).
The War Hawks next home game is Jan. 30 against Oklahoma Christian University.