Abilene Christian wins Southland for 1st NCAA berth
KATY, Texas (AP) — Jaylen Franklin couldn't hide his emotions after Abilene Christian's climb to its first NCAA Tournament was complete.
Jaren Lewis had 20 points and six rebounds, Franklin...
Ricks lifts Abilene Christian past SE Louisiana 69-66
KATY, Texas (AP) — Payten Ricks had 21 points as Abilene Christian edged past Southeastern Louisiana 69-66 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament on Friday night.
SLU faces ACU in Southland semis
Southeastern Louisiana (17-15, 13-6) vs. No. 2 seed Abilene Christian (25-6, 14-4)
Southland Conference Tourney Semifinals, Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas; Friday, 7:30 p.m....
Lewis lifts Abilene Christian over Incarnate Word 81-52
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis had 19 points to lead five Abilene Christian players in double figures as the Wildcats routed Incarnate Word 81-52 on Saturday.
Incarnate Word looks to end streak vs ACU
Incarnate Word (6-24, 1-16) vs. Abilene Christian (24-6, 13-4)
Moody Coliseum, Abilene, Texas; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian looks to extend Incarnate Word's...
Abilene Christian tops Stephen F. Austin 72-58
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaylen Franklin tallied 16 points and 10 assists to carry Abilene Christian to a 72-58 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night.
SFA looks to sweep ACU
Stephen F. Austin (14-14, 7-9) vs. Abilene Christian (23-6, 12-4)
Moody Coliseum, Abilene, Texas; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian seeks revenge on Stephen F. Austin...
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Jaren Lewis had 16 points and nine rebounds and Jaylen Franklin posted 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds as Abilene Christian beat Central Arkansas 67-55 on...
ACU looks to sweep Central Ark.
Abilene Christian (22-6, 11-4) vs. Central Arkansas (11-17, 6-9)
Farris Center, Conway, Arkansas; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas seeks revenge on Abilene Christian...
Abilene Christian defeats Texas A&M-CC 73-64
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis and Jaylen Franklin scored 16 points apiece as Abilene Christian defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73-64 on Wednesday night. Hayden Farquhar added 12...
Texas A&M-CC seeks revenge on ACU
Abilene Christian (21-6, 10-4) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-16, 6-8)
American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
Greenwood leads SE Louisiana over Abilene Christian 75-66
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Moses Greenwood had 27 points and 11 rebounds as Southeastern Louisiana defeated Abilene Christian 75-66 on Saturday.
Abilene Christian rolls to 64-48 win over Nicholls
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Jaren Lewis scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds as Abilene Christian rolled to a 64-48 win over Nicholls State Wednesday night.
Lewis was 6 of 11 from the field for the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Southland Conference) who have won four of the last five. Jalone Friday added 12 points and eight rebounds and B.J. Maxwell had 11 points and five rebounds. Jaylen Franklin had eight assists and six rebounds in addition to his seven points.
Sam Houston St. defeats Abilene Christian 90-85 in 2OT
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Marcus Harris scored 10 of his 23 points in the second extra period as Sam Houston State held on to beat Abilene Christian 90-85 in double overtime on Saturday to remain perfect in the Southland Conference.
Abilene Christian holds off Texas A&M-CC 78-71
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis and Payten Ricks scored 18 points apiece and Abilene Christian nearly blew a 17-point second-half lead but held off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 78-71 on Wednesday night to beat the Islanders for the first time in 10 tries.
B.J. Maxwell scored 16 points and Jaylen Franklin dished six assists for the Wildcats (18-4, 7-2 Southland Conference), who made 12 of 24 3-pointers and scored 25 points off of 19 Inslanders' turnovers.
Abilene Christian rolls past Central Arkansas, 79-56
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 17 points and Abilene Christian claimed sole possession of second place in the Southland Conference by beating Central Arkansas, 79-56 on Saturday.
The Wildcats bounced back from a tough 61-60 loss at Stephen F. Austin that saw the Lumberjacks score eight points in the final :26 to pull out a win that snapped a four-game win streak.
Balanced Abilene Christian rolls past Northwestern St. 78-69
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — B.J. Maxwell had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Abilene Christian to a 78-69 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday night for its fourth straight win.
Abilene Christian (16-3, 5-1 Southland Conference) never trailed and had a double-digit lead for most of the game.
Jalone Friday added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats. Jaren Lewis chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Payten Ricks had 10 points.
Friday leads Abilene Christian past Houston Baptist 75-68
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 21 points and Jaren Lewis added 13 and Abilene Christian beat Houston Baptist 75-68 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (15-3, 4-1 Southland Conference) have won three straight and are averaging 74.3 points in that span. The Huskies entered leading the conference in scoring at 82.2 points per game while the Wildcats were tops in scoring defense allowing 63.4 per game.
Ricks lifts Abilene Christian over SE Louisiana 75-72
HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Payten Ricks made a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining for Abilene Christian's only lead of the final three minutes and the Wildcats defeated Southeastern Louisiana 75-72 on Saturday.
Abilene Christian tops McNeese 73-72 behind Ricks, Lewis
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Payten Ricks hit five 3-pointers, scored 19 points and had six assists, Jaren Lewis added 15 points with five assists, and Abilene Christian held off McNeese 73-72 on Wednesday night for coach Joe Golding's 100th career win.
Hayden Farquhar scored 12 off the bench and B.J. Maxwell added 10 points with three steals for the Wildcats (13-3, 2-1 Southland Conference), who shot 50 percent overall and led 39-36 at halftime.
Ricks sparks Abilene Christian past SE Missouri St 70-68
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Payten Ricks had a 3-point play and a 3-pointer in a late 8-1 run and Abilene Christian held off Southeast Missouri State 70-68 on Friday night.
Jaren Lewis hit 7 of 10 shots and 5 of 6 free throws to lead the Wildcats (10-2). Jalone Friday scored 17 with five blocked shots, Ricks added 15 points and four steals and Jaylen Franklin scored 12.
No. 11 Texas Tech thumps ACU to close out Coliseum
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech said goodbye to its longtime home with a blowout victory.
Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points, Matt Mooney added 14 and the 11th-ranked Red Raiders raced past Abilene Christian 82-48 in the final game at sold-out Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Texas Tech (10-0) called the Coliseum home from 1956-99, and Saturday was the second throwback game in the building. It will close next summer after a rodeo event.
Abilene Christian goes batty in 93-53 win over Schreiner
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 21 points, Hayden Farquhar added 15 and grabbed five rebounds, and Abilene Christian beat Division III Schreiner University 93-53 on Saturday in a game that was briefly delayed when a bat landed on the floor and was scooped up in a big fishing net.
Ricks gets 7 steals, Abilene Christian beats Campbell 83-68
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 19 points, Payten Ricks scored 18, grabbed five rebounds and made a school Division I-era record seven steals, and Abilene Christian held the nation's leading scorer to 26 points in beating Campbell 83-68 on Tuesday night.
Jaren Lewis and Trey Lenox scored 11 points apiece for the Wildcats (8-1), who forced 22 turnovers and held senior guard Chris Clemons below his average of 32.1 points per game.
Abilene Christian remains undefeated, beats Howard Payne
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Joe Pleasant had 15 points and Payten Ricks added 14 as Abilene Christian remained undefeated, beating Division III Howard Payne 90-53 on Tuesday night.
Jaren Lewis and Clay Gayman contributed 13 points apiece as 13 Wildcats scored. Kolton Kohl added nine points with eight boards.
Abilene Christian (7-0) is off to its best start since kicking off the 1998-99 season 11-0 on its way to a 20-win year in Division II play.
Abilene Christian stays undefeated, beats UC Riverside 60-48
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Jalone Friday had 10 points to go with 10 rebounds and Jaren Lewis added 10 points as Abilene Christian remained undefeated on the season, beating UC Riverside 60-48 in the Tigers Thanksgiving Classic Saturday for its sixth victory.
Abilene Christian has won three games in three days and is off to its best start since 1998.
Franklin helps 5-0 Abilene Christian hold off Pacific, 73-71
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Jaylen Franklin's jumper with a second left in the game spoiled a comeback that saw Pacific roar back from 11 points down in the final five minutes to take the lead, preserving undefeated Abilene Christian's 73-71 win over the hosts of the Pacific Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night.
Lewis, Ricks each score 16; Abilene Christian beats Elon
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Jaren Lewis and Payten Ricks scored 16 points apiece to help Abilene Christian beat Elon 72-56 on Thursday night at the Thanksgiving Classic.
B.J. Maxwell added 15 points and Jalone Friday scored 13 for Abilene Christian. The Wildcats (4-0) are off to their best start since moving to Division I prior to the 2013-14 season.
Ricks has career-high 23, Abilene Christian Beats Denver
DENVER (AP) — Payten Ricks had a career-high 23 points and Jaren Lewis added 19 as Abilene Christian remained undefeated, beating Denver 67-61 on Thursday night.
Ricks nailed 5 of 8 from distance, making 7 of 11 from the floor. The Wildcats won it from the free-throw line, making 13 of 16 while Denver was just 2 of 11. ACU made one more from distance, but the Pioneers were 25 of 51 from the floor while the Wildcats were 22 of 49.
Franklin scores 25, Abilene Christian beats Arkansas St.
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaylen Franklin scored 25 points and Jaren Lewis scored 18 with 15 rebounds to help Abilene Christian beat Arkansas State 94-73 on Friday night.
Abilene Christian romps past Arlington Baptist 107-54
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis missed just one shot and scored 18 points as Abilene Christian opened the season with an 107-54 defeat of Arlington Baptist, of the National Christian College Athletic Association, on Tuesday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jalone Friday had 17 points to go with 11 rebounds as Abilene Christian rallied in the second half to beat Incarnate Word 69-59 to halt a four-game losing skid on Saturday.
Unruh scores winner, Central Arkansas tops Abilene Christian
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Thatch Unruh collared the rebound of a missed shot and put up a jumper at the buzzer and Central Arkansas slipped past Abilene Christian 74-72 on Saturday.
Abilene Christian's Jaren Lewis missed a chance to break a 72-72 with 14 seconds remaining in the game, and Central Arkansas' Hayden Koval grabbed the rebound. Leading scorer Jordan Howard missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left, but Unruh tracked down the carom and put up the winner as time expired.
Islanders beat Abilene Christian in game postponed a day
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Joseph Kilgore scored 24 points and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defeated Abilene Christian 76-67 on Thursday night.
The game was originally to be played Wednesday but was postponed because of icy road conditions.
Myles Smith added 13 points, Kareem South 12 and Elijah Schmidt had 11 points with nine rebounds.
Capps paces SE Louisiana, beats Abilene Christian 68-54
HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Jordan Capps scored 22 points and Marlain Veal added 16 more and Southeastern Louisiana defeated Abilene Christian 68-54 Saturday night, clinching a berth in next month's Southland Conference tournament.
Lewis leads Abilene Christian over Incarnate Word 80-69
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis had 20 points and 17 rebounds on Saturday and Abilene Christian led by double digits for most of the second half in an 80-69 win over Incarnate Word.
Tevin Foster was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and added 17 points for the Wildcats (15-11, 7-6 Southland), who pulled away with a 9-0 run to lead by 18 early in the second half. Abilene Christian had its largest lead at 68-49 and the Cardinals (5-17, 0-12) got no closer than the final score.
Nicholls rallies to beat Abilene Christian 69-65
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Roddy Peters and Jahvaughn Powell scored 18 points apiece, Lafayette Rutledge added 12 points on four 3s, and Southland Conference leader Nicholls rallied in the second half to beat Abilene Christian 69-65 on Wednesday night.
Friday with 24 points, Abilene Christian edges Lamar 74-69
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Abilene Christian edged Lamar 74-69 on Wednesday night.
Jaren Lewis added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (14-9, 6-4 Southland Conference). Tevin Foster had 12 points and nine assists and Jaylen Franklin scored 10 with five assists.
Friday made a dunk to start the game and scored 10 points in a 17-4 surge to finish the first half that gave Abilene Christian a 36-32 lead at the break.
Abilene Christian dumps C. Arkansas behind Friday’s 18 PTs
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 18 points and Jaren Lewis scored 13 with 11 rebounds and Abilene Christian pulled away in the second half for an 80-63 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday.
Harris leads Stephen F. Austin past Abilene Christian, 76-66
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Kevon Harris put up 23 points and Stephen F. Austin kept pace with the leaders in the Southland Conference by beating Abilene Christian, 76-66 on Wednesday night.
The Lumberjacks, Sam Houston and Southeast Louisiana all have five wins in six conference games and are a half-game behind 6-1 Nicholls.
Harris hit 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc, to lead the Lumberjacks. Leon Gilmore III added 16 points and Ivan Canete added 13.
Ricks leads balanced Abilene Christian 69-58 in Southland
NATICHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Payten Ricks scored 15 points to lead five into double figures as Abilene Christian rode a big second half to a 69-58 defeat of Northwestern State on Saturday.
Abilene Christian rallies to beat Houston Baptist 82-74
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-point play, Jaylen Franklin added 22 with six assists, and Abilene Christian beat Houston Baptist 82-74 on Wednesday night.
Jaren Lewis scored 16 points with three steals, Drake Green added 11 points with three 3s off the bench, and the Wildcats (11-7, 3-2 Southland Conference) shot 54.5 percent from the floor.
Foster, Lewis help Abilene Christian top McNeese State 79-74
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Tevin Foster scored seven of his 17 points in the final 2½ minutes, Jaren Lewis finished with 15 points and Abilene Christian closed the game on a 15-2 run to beat McNeese State 79-74 on Wednesday night.
Hayden Farquhar added 12 points, Jalone Friday scored 10 and Jaylen Franklin added eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for Abilene Christian (10-6, 2-1 Southland Conference).
Abilene Christian holds off Sam Houston State 75-72
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Tevin Foster scored 19 points and Jaren Lewis added 14 as Abilene Christian held off Sam Houston State 75-72 to grab its first Southland Conference win of the season on Saturday night.
Abilene Christian (9-6, 1-1) blistered the Bearkats in the first part of the final period as Foster nailed a 3 to start a 22-8 run and go up 61-47 with 12:19 left. The Wildcats then went cold, missing every field-goal attempt for almost eight minutes, as Sam Houston closed the gap.
Friday leads Abilene Christian to 109-60 win
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 19 points and Drake Green added 15 as Abilene Christian dominated Arlington Baptist 109-60 on Tuesday night.
Abilene Christian (8-4), which has won five of its last six games, sprinted to a 35-16 lead and took a 59-29 advantage into the break. The Wildcats won the second half 50-31 over the NCCAA team.
ACU had won four straight before dropping a 67-65 decision at Lipscomb on Sunday.
Lipscomb hangs on for 67-65 win over Abilene Christian
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rob Marberry scored 24 points with 11-for-15 shooting and Lipscomb hung on Sunday for a 67-65 win over Abilene Christian.
Lipscomb (8-4) led by as much as 17 in the first half but Abilene Christian kept chipping away, trimming the deficit to eight at intermission and closing to within three on a pair of free throws from Jalone Friday to trail 63-60 with 1:37 left to play. The Wildcats cut it to 65-63 with Payten Ricks' 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining.
Friday leads Abilene Christian past D-III Schreiner 71-43
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Jaren Lewis tallied 14 and missed just two of eight shots and Abilene Christian beat Division III Schreiner 71-43 on Saturday.
Abilene Christian (5-3) had 19 steals and forced Schreiner into 26 turnovers. Friday started the scoring with a layup and jumper and Payten Ricks' 3 put the Wildcats up 7-0.
Abilene Christian downs Bowling Green 88-83
BUIES CRTEEK, N.C. (AP) — Jalone Friday scored 20 points, Jaren Lewis added 17 and Abilene Christian held off Bowling Green 88-83 Sunday.
Jaylen Franklin added 15 points with six assists for Abilene Christian (4-3). Tevin Foster had 11 points, including two free throws down the stretch to help seal it.
Roderick Caldwell scored a career-high 25 points for Bowling Green (5-2). The lead flip-flopped until Friday's go-ahead layup and jumper gave the Wildcats a 77-73 lead.
Friday leads Abilene Christian past Campbell 85-80 in OT
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Jalone Friday scored half of his 14 points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds to play, and Abilene Christian edged Campbell 85-80 in overtime on Friday at the Creek Classic.
After Friday's trey, Chris Clemons made 1 of 2 free throws, cutting the deficit to 81-80. A quick foul let Payten Ricks make a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds to play and Isaiah Tripp sealed it with a steal and two free throws.
Abilene Christian pummels Division III Howard Payne, 112-62
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Jaren Lewis scored 15 points, leading eight players in to double-figure scoring as Abilene Christian routed Division III Howard Payne, 112-62 on Thursday night.
The Wildcats started fast and held a 62-30 halftime lead over the small college from Brownwood, Texas.