FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The No. 20 University of Saint Francis Cougars (15-2; 2-2 Crossroads) carried their momentum into Friday afternoon against the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers (0-1) in Hutzell Athletic Center for a non-conference game and came away with a 100-71 victory behind a record-setting 23 three-pointers in the game.
The Cougars won the game in the first half. After jumping out to a 7-1 lead less than two minutes into the game, their lead never shrunk to more than two points through the next two minutes, and from there they built on their lead.
Midway through the first half the Cougars had built a 35-12 lead and took a 60-26 lead going into halftime holding a lead to as big as 36 points.
During the first half the Cougars went 15-for-24 from beyond the three-point line (62 percent), only allowed five turnovers, and allowed just four free throw attempts in the frame. Junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry had 20 points by halftime and went 6-for-7 shooting. Senior guard Lance Dollison scored double digits in the first half as well with 12.
As the second half got underway, the tempo remained much of the same with the Cougars maintaining their lead over the Racers. Although the Racers outscored Saint Francis 45-40 in the second half, the first half lead was too much to overcome as the Cougars earned their 15th win on the season.
"After Monday's game we talked about our spacing and emphasized on that over the last several days," Head Coach Chad LaCross said. "With our spacing we can attack with our quickness and our guards. I felt like the first half especially that we were able to get in the paint, got some wide open shots, and did a great job of moving the ball and working with one another."
Throughout the game the Cougars shot 52 percent from the floor, 53 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 84 percent from the free throw line. Cushingberry's 22 points led the team, while Dollison finished with 12, and sophomore forward David Ejah had 16 (12 in the second half).
"Grace is coming off of a huge win against Indiana Wesleyan, and it's always tough to go on the road in our league. We're going to need to be tough, defend, take great shots, and do what has gotten us here."
The Cougars resume play Monday evening when they travel to Winona Lake, Indiana to resume Crossroads play against the Grace College Lancers (9-4; 2-2 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm. The Lancers recently defeated the No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats to snap their undefeated streak at 18-0 for the season.