The Grand Canyon University Antelopes had a first in program history, as six players reach double figures on their way to a 96-72 win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves in front of 7,121 fans at GCU Arena last night. The Havoc student section, band, and cheerleaders provided an amazing atmoshpere to drive any opponent crazy.
Senior forward Michael Finke led the Lopes with 15 points. Damari Milstead came off the bench to add 14. All other four starters reached double figures. Oscar Frayer 13, Trey Dreschel 12, Carlos Johnson and Alessandro Lever each had 10.
The Lopes trailed early, with their first lead coming at 10-9 on a long range basket by Trey Dreschel. A scary moment occurred shortly after that, when Alessandro Lever took an elbow to the face by Arkansas State's Canberk Kus. The officials reviewed the play and deemed it a flagrant one foul, resulting in a technical foul shots. Lever left the game, but returned later. The Lopes started to gain some space on baskets by Frayer and Johnson to lead 24-19. It continued to be nip and tuck till GCU started to create some distance, after leading 28-27, GCU went on a 16-3 run to build a 44-30 lead at the half.
A dunk by Oscar Frayer to start the final 20 minutes got the crowd jacked up and set the tone as GCU began to slowly pull away.
Ty Cockfield, who led all scorers with 24 points, did his best to keep the Red Wolves in the game. "We knew he was going to give us trouble going in, but we managed to keep other things under control, said Lopes coach Dan Majerle.
Coach Majerle was happy with his teams performance. "This is by far the best whole game that we have played. I was really happy on how hard we played tonight and the energy of our student section." On the boards, GCU was led by senior Michael Finke with 7 rebounds. Alessandro Lever, Trey Dreschel, and Carlos Johnson each had six. Dreschel and Milstead each had four assists. GCU shot nearly 50% from the field.
The Lopes (3-1), won't get to rest over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as they will play Seton Hall on Thanksgiving night at 7pm, at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim.
GCU will return home to play Boise State on December 1. Game time is 7pm.