By K.J. Wylie/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
Ending the season in dramatic fashion, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Basketball Purple team beat Northern Arizona University twice last weekend in their final three-game series of the season. The Lopes won their first game, 94-89, in overtime Friday night, lost the second game Saturday morning, 90-84, and then broke the tie Saturday afternoon with an incredible come-from-behind win, 84-83. GCU purple finishes the season with a NCBBA record of 3-6.
One of the main deficiencies that plagued the team all year was their inability to remain consistent throughout an entire game, but showed their maturity this weekend.
“Early on, we would go on runs and then become undisciplined,” said Lopes Head Coach Lamont Lane. “As the season moved along, we found a way to stay more consistent, and in this last series, they really came into their own.”
In Game 1, Grand Canyon had major contributions from three different players. Lopes’ guard Dustin Troutt had a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists. Fellow guard Walker Galbraith posted a double-double of his own with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and forward Chamberlain St. Jean led the team in scoring with 19 points, and added 8 rebounds to go along with it.
In Game 2, the Lopes led the Lumberjacks by 7 points with 10 minutes left, but let the lead slip away – thanks to some of their old tendencies.
“We probably should have won all three games,” said Lane. “We became undisciplined again. I was proud of the way we were able to tighten back up for Game 3.”
The Lopes maintained a lead throughout most of Game 3 until NAU stormed back late in the game to take a 10-point lead with three minutes left.
“Instead of throwing up bad shots or getting desperate, we just fought back one basket at a time,” said Lane. “We locked down and stayed disciplined more than ever before this season.”
With the ball and trailing by two points with six seconds left in regulation, Lopes’ guard Quentin Hank was fouled on a three-point shot, and sank all three free throw attempts to give his team the one-point win.
“Throughout all three games, Quentin was huge for us,” said Lane. “He was able to come off the bench, slow the offense down, and make sure we get quality shots. For him to hit all three free throws is huge and shows his confidence.”
With their season ending, GCU Purple will focus on retention for 2019-2020, since most of the current roster is freshmen and sophomores.