LUBBOCK - A slow start by UT Permian Basin men's basketball, combined by a red-hot Lubbock Christian in the first half, cost the Falcons in an 87-64 loss Wednesday night in Lubbock, Texas.
The hometown Chaps (7-4) couldn't miss in the opening minutes, hitting five of their first six field goals at the start of the game for an 11-2 early advantage. Combined with a 1-7 start from the field by the Falcons, Lubbock Christian pushed that out to an 18-4 lead.
LCU went on to hit 13 of its first 17 field goal attempts on their way to a 31-6 lead.
The Falcons (8-2) were able to claw back late in the first half, using a 12-2 run to close within 41-24 before trailing 45-26 at halftime. Walton scored eight of the team's 12 points during that span to lead the Falcons with 10 points at halftime.
Adam Rivera had a big second half for the Falcons, scoring 16 points in the final 20 minutes on 6-7 shooting with three 3-pointers on the night. He ended the night leading UTPB in scoring with 21 points and was also the team-leader with eight rebounds.
Jacob Ledoux also scored in double figures adding 15 points while Walton ended the game scoring 11 on 5-9 shooting.
Brennen Fowler and Isaac Asrat tied for the LCU scoring lead with 16 points each, Fowler recording a double-double with a game-high 15 rebounds as the Chaps had five players in double figures.
UTPB is off for the next week and a half, returning after the holidays for a Dec. 30 afternoon contest against Jarvis Christian.