Wildcat men knock off Cardinals, women drop third conference game

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ACU MBB 74, Lamar 69 (F):

Jalone Friday scored a game-high 24 points and three other Wildcats in double figures as ACU picked up a big home win over Lamar on Wednesday inside Moody Coliseum. Friday also contributed 10 rebounds to earn a double-double for coach Joe Golding.

The win marked a nice bounce back effort for the Wildcats, who lost at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Wednesday and had to sit on that loss for a week as they enjoyed their first bye of the conference schedule last Saturday.

ACU took the game in runs, starting with a 6-0 then 9-0 burst late in the first half to take a four-point lead (36-32) at the break. After a rally by Lamar, clutch free throws by Tevin Foster and Jaren Lewis would seal the win for the Wildcats in the final seconds.

The win puts ACU at 6-4 in the Southland Conference, and up a spot into sixth place in the standings, two games behind New Orleans (9-2). ACU is back in action Saturday at Sam Houston State.

ACU WBB 71, Lamar 77 (F):

Sophomore guard Breanna Wright sank a career single-game high eight 3-pointers and tallied 27 points in the Wildcats' 77-71 defeat to the Southland Conference preseason favorites from Lamar Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.

The loss dropped ACU's overall and league records to 13-7 and 7-3, while the Cardinals improved to 14-6 and 9-1, keeping them a half game behind first-place Stephen F. Austin (9-0). Central Arkansas is third with an 8-2 record and the Wildcats are up a half game on New Orleans (7-4) for fourth place after the Privateers lost to Northwestern State.

The Wildcats hit 44 percent of their shots (22-50) vs. one of the nation's top defensive teams with Wright and her classmate Dominique Golightly (14 points) responsible for 14 of ACU's 15 3-pointers. Wright's eight triples are second only to former guard Alexis Mason’s nine (at Houston Baptist on March 4, 2017) during the team's NCAA D1 era. The Wildcats are back in action Saturday at Sam Houston State, tip-off at 3 p.m.

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