EDINBURG — The UTRGV men’s basketball team continued its recent home hot streak, earning its third win in its last four games and notching a 92-50 victory of Mid-America Christian to cap off a four-game home stand Friday at UTRGV Fieldhouse.
Freshman Quinton Johnson II led the Vaqueros (4-5) offensively with a career-high 20 points and a trio of 3-pointers on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor.
It’s the third consecutive game in which a Vaquero has tallied a new career best in points. Fellow freshman forward Connor Raines tallied a career-high 15 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and senior forward Lesley Varner and junior center Anthony Bratton set new personal bests with 33 and 12 points, respectively, against Sam Houston State on Tuesday.
Graduate student shooting guard Jordan Jackson scored 17 points with a season-high six rebounds, three steals and tied his career high with five assists. Raines also continued his recent scoring streak and finished with 11 points.
Varner poured in 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists, while junior point guard Javon Levi tallied nine points, seven assists and five steals in his second game back since returning from a calf injury.
Ashford Golden and Cedric Wright led Mid-America Christian in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Evangels held the early lead, going up 9-7 to start the first half. But a pair of Jackson free throws sparked a 16-4 run, as the Vaqueros took a 32-23 lead on a Varner four-point play.
Mid-America Christian clawed to within eight with 5:29 before the half when back-to-back Jackson jumpers kicked off another big 19-4 run to put UTRGV up 48-25 at the break. Jackson scored 11 points during the run while, Johnson capped it off with a pair of 3-pointers.
Back-to-back Bratton jumpers ignited a 13-4 run to put UTRGV ahead 61-31 and push the game out of reach. Freshman Weslaco High graduate Isaiah Garcia played the final 3 minutes, drilling a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left.
The Vaqueros hit the road now for a five-game, month-long road trip beginning with a game against Creighton at 7 p.m. Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.