ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Christian men's basketball team had the last word in its rivalry vs. Angelo State, destroying the Rams from start to finish in an 82-63 victory Saturday night at Moody Coliseum. The sweep was ACU's first of the Rams since 2007-08.
The ACU women also won earlier tonight, making this season the first since 1997-98 that the Wildcats won all four games - home and road - vs. their rivals from the Concho Valley.
The Wildcat men have played Angelo State more than any other school in program history and finished their all-time series with a 51-35 lead. The ACU women won their series vs. the Rambelles, 59-43.
Senior guard led the Wildcats (10-8, 4-6 LSC) tonight with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point land. Joining Lawton in double-figures were freshman with 14 points, and with 13 each, with 12 and with his third straight double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Both Wentz and Cammock came off the bench and combined to go 10-of-18 from the floor.
ACU shot 63 percent or better in each half to finish at 62.5 and was especially sharp from beyond the 3-point arc from where it buried 11-of-15 attempts (.733). In addition to Lawton's perfect night, Wentz went 4-of-6 from long range and Lloyd was 3-of-5.
The Wildcat defense, meanwhile, held the last-place Rams (5-13, 2-8 LSC) to 35 percent shooting and out-rebounded them, 39-21, which led to a 30-18 points-in-the-paint advantage.
Antonio Dye was the Rams' leading scorer with 20 points and seven rebounds. Jovan Austin finished with 17.
Led by Lawton's 16 first-half points, the Wildcats carried a 49-32 lead into halftime. ACU missed just 10 field goal attempts (17-27) in the opening stanza and was close to perfect from the 3-point line at 8-of-10.
ASU shot just .364 (8-22) in the first half led by Dye's nine points.
A moment of silence was held prior to the game to mourn the loss of 20-year-old ACU student Lindsey Smith who was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle accident near the Abilene Regional Airport. Smith and her friends, ACU students Bo Braddock, Eric Terrazas, Calli Kerbo, Rebekah Cherniss, and Deanna Romero, were on their way to the Oplin Dance Hall when their vehicle collided head-on with another.
Two of the five students involved remained in the hospital Saturday afternoon and were being treated for their injuries; Cherniss is listed in critical condition and Romero is in good condition, but both are making progress.
The Wildcats return to action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. vs. West Texas A&M (12-5, 4-5 LSC). ACU defeated the Buffs, 59-58, on their home court earlier this season.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.