BALTIMORE, Md. -- The ACU Wildcats shot just 32 percent from the field Saturday afternoon as they completed their 10-game season-opening road swing with a 74-47 loss to Towson in the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament at the SECU Arena.
ACU (2-8) never led in the game as the Tigers improved to 6-2 on the season with the victory. ACU will play its first home game as an NCAA Division I member Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Hillsdale Freewill Baptist in the second half of the annual "Christmas Slam" doubleheader at Moody Coliseum.
The Wildcats shot just 30 percent in the first half (10 of 33) as the Tigers grabbed a 46-25 halftime lead. Towson shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half (15 of 24), including 6 of 12 (50 percent) from the 3-point line.
ACU played Towson even on the inside -- a problem all season -- as both teams scored 28 points in the paint. Wildcat forward Jacob Lancaster had 15 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes in the best performance of his 10-game ACU career.
Harrison Hawkins added nine points for the Wildcats, who hit just 18 of 55 shots from the field (32.7 percent), including 3 of 19 shots from 3-point range (16 percent).
The Wildcats were never able to get closer than 16 points in the second half as the Tigers had five players finish in double figures led by Rafriel Guthrie's 15 points off the bench.