OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - In their first test against an NAIA ranked opponent, the Langston Lions showcased they'll be a force to reckon with in 2016-17 after knocking off No. 1 Mid-America Christian 89-75 Tuesday night at the Gaulke Activity Center.
Inside the Lion's Den …
The Lions jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the 16:03 mark following a bucket by Curtis Jones and never looked back. Jones put Langston up by as much as 15 in the first half after knocking down a three-pointer with 8:16 until halftime to move Langston in front 30-15.
MACU closed out the half on a 10-4 scoring run to trail Langston 40-35 at halftime.
The Lions didn't relent and never trailed in the second half. The closest the Evangels would get was six points at the 4:04 mark trailing Langston 69-63. Langston countered with seven straight points to add to their lead at 76-63 with 2:40 to go.
From that point on the Evangels never got within nine points on the Lions.
Looking at the Stats …
The Lions knocked down 47 percent (34-of-71) from the field and converted on 13-of-19 free throw attempts; Langston lost the rebounding battle 45-32 but forced 23 Evangel turnovers.
Jones led the way with a season-high 31 points and Myles Eglin pumped in 22. Terrell Jones added a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Tyler Chaisson was the high scorer for MACU with 22 points.
Langston (4-1) travels to face NCAA DII opponent Lincoln University in Kansas City, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.