The men’s basketball team scored a season-high field goal percentage in their win against Dallas Christian, 108-69. From the start of the game, ACU controlled the score, only trailing by as little as three throughout the entirety of the game.
The Wildcats shot 58 percent from the field, as the 108 points is a season high and the most points they have scored since Dec. 30 against Open Bible College.
The game had to be played at McMurry University’s Kimbrell Arena due to scheduling conflicts with Sing Song.
The win moves ACU to 9-17 as they took a break from Southland Conference play. The impressive offensive explosion exhibited five Wildcats finishing in double digits for points scored.
In the first half, ACU shot 71 percent from the field and was led by sophomore guard Parker Wentz who had 14 first-half points and junior guard Julian Edmonson who added 13 points and three steals.
“We were able to get out to a hot start early, and that helped,” head coach Joe Golding said. “I thought our guys did a good job of playing inside-out, which gave our shooters space.”
The Wildcats held Dallas Christian to 42 percent shooting and only 4-18 shooting from beyond the arc. ACU finished the night with 14-29 shooting from three-point land and an impressive 16-17 from the charity strike.
ACU controlled the glass by out-rebounding DC 42-26 and scoring inside on a regular basis. The Wildcats scored 44 points in the paint compared to Dallas Christian’s 30.
“Inside, we had a size advantage, but our guards did a good job of getting to the glass,” Golding said. “By controlling the glass we were able to get out and run a little bit too.”
Edmonson led all scorers with season-high 27 points. Wentz was the second highest scorer with 22 points on 8-10 shooting including 6-8 from beyond the arc and six assists in only 26 minutes of play. Freshman guard Michael Grant was impressive with 14 points and was 6-7 from the free-throw line. Junior forward Jacob Lancaster registered a near double-double with nine points and thirteen rebounds.
The Wildcats will continue non-conference play Tuesday against Arlington Baptist at home in Moody Coliseum.