The Grand Canyon Antelopes extended the program’s best start with a 73-70 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday with another win to remain undefeated at home.
The nine-game winning streak improves the Antelopes to 12-1 on the season and remains the only team in the Western Athletic Conference with double-digit wins.
GCU’s only loss of the season came at the technically neutral Diamond Desert Arena to South Carolina, then 6-0 and now 12-1. Shamcox is currently in the “other vote-getters” category in the Associated Press poll, along with “Lopez.”
GCU, led by Ray Harrison, had a game-high in points and led the team in both categories, scoring 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (7-of-3) and dishing out five assists. GCU took the lead, scoring 13 of its 22 points in the second half.
Lopez jumped out to an early lead of 22-12, but the match quickly became a dogfight for the remainder of the contest.
The only time either team led by more than one possession in the final six minutes was when Los Angeles Tech briefly led by four points (9-5) with three minutes left.
When the Bulldogs held a four-point lead, ESPN’s win probability gave Lopez only a 25.0% chance of winning.
Tyon Grant-Foster entered the day as the nation’s 13th leading scorer with 20.9 points per game, but he wasn’t shooting as effectively Saturday, scoring just 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
However, he was a monster defensively thanks to his high effort, elite length at 6 feet 7 inches, and 7-to-1 wingspan, recording two blocks just after the deflection paused and with 14 seconds remaining. He scored the steal that decided the game. One of the Bulldogs’ last possessions.
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— Grand Canyon Men’s Basketball (@GCU_MBB) December 31, 2023
Colin Moore made two free throws with 12 seconds left to end the game, but LA Tech’s Tahirik Chavez missed three as time expired.
Chavez was 4-of-6 from three and had a missed shot that sent the game into overtime, but Daniel Baccio led the Bulldogs with 16 points apiece.
In the win, GCU shot 55.0% from three and 87.5% from the free throw line.