LUBBOCK — Turns out three was a bad number for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds.
The Lubbock Christian threesome of Brandon Jones, Mario Muzurovic and Eric Sheets combined for 12 3-pointers as the Chaparrals handed Eastern its third-straight loss, a 77-73 setback Monday night at Rip Griffin Center.
Sheets came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers in a 13-2 run midway through the second half as the Chaps took the lead for good.
Sheets (5-of-7 on 3s) finished with 15 points off the bench for the NAIA-member Chaps (4-2), who sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Led by Jared Fears, LCU converted 8-of-8 free throws during the last three minutes and 17-of-19 for the game.
Jones, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Wolfforth, Texas, led LCU with 19 points and Muzurovic added 18 points.
The Chaps were coming off a pair of wins over Division I foes at the Las Vegas Invitational. LCU beat Rhode Island and Bradley in the tournament while losing to Big East member Miami.
Jamaal Hunicutt led the Greyhounds (2-3) with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Clovis junior Irshaun Pinckney and Kennis Green added 15 points each for Eastern, which rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to take a 54-50 with 10:28 left in the game.
Green jumpstarted the Eastern rally, converting a steal into a layup and added a 3-pointer. Eastern took its first lead since the six-minute mark at 45-44 on Brent Cooper’s steal and layup.
Eastern outrebounded LCU 38-25.