Sometimes, a nice break in the schedule is all a team needs to get rolling.
And while the CBU Lancers have been rolling despite not having a break, it’s safe to say a week break between games was beneficial to the Lancers.
CBU went into its week-long break fresh off a win over GCU. The emphasis during the break for head coach Rick Croy: putting together a full 40 minutes.
That point of emphasis during the break paid off in bunches on Saturday night.
Joe Quintana knocked down four 3-pointers as the Lancers throttled Tarleton, 77-48, Saturday night the CBU Events Center.
The win sets the mark for largest margin of victory this season. It also ties the mark for largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent in the Lancers Division I tenure.
Shamir Bogues got the Texans off to a good start scoring the Texans first seven points as they jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 17:07 left until the half.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Reed Nottage gave CBU its first lead. It was a lead the Lancers would not relinquish.
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A late 7-0 CBU run gave the Lancers some separation headed towards the half. Taran Armstrong’s 3-pointer with 2:15 left in the half made it 28-17. Another jumper from Taran Armstrong gave the Lancers their 33-19 lead at half.
Out of the gate, CBU kept things rolling with a 9-0 run covering 3:22 that pushed the lead to 42-19.
Tre Armstrong connected on a 3-pointer in transition. Riley Battin and Hunter Goodrick connected on baskets in the paint. And a pair of Goodrick free throws finished the run.
Only Shakur Daniel’s late free throw kept the Lancers from the largest margin of victory in their Division I tenure.
CBU (12-8, 4-3) shot 13-29 from 3-point range, which is a new season high.
Along with Quintana’s 16 points, two other Lancers were in double figures. Reed Nottage had 12 points. All 12 points came from beyond the 3-point line. And Riley Battin added 10 points and a pair of assists.
It’s the fourth time in sixth games that CBU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers. And, it’s the 11th straight game that the Lancers have recorded double digit assists.
CBU improves to 7-1 when it scores 70-plus points.
For the Texans (10-10, 3-4), Gary Clark had 13 points with four rebounds to lead the way. And after the hot start, Shamir Bogues finished with 10 points and three rebounds.
Saturday’s game finished a three-game homestead for the Lancers. CBU hits the road next week for a Texas two-step, which includes a trip to UT Arlington and UTRGV.
After a tough 0-2 West Coast swing, the Texans will return home to play Utah Tech and Grand Canyon next week. They’ll actually be home for three of their next four games with another home game on February 4 against UTRGV.