December 2, 1941
Abilene Christian (1-3) vs. UMass-Lowell (1-3)
Final Score: Abilene Christian - 69, UMass Lowell - 56. Robert Smith had 15 points with 6 rebounds but the real star was Mark Gagne with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Douglas Arguello gave us 5 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. We had 14 offensive rebounds in this one and we were able to win despite going 1-13 from 3 and only 8 assists (to their 11). We were +6 in the turnover margin (9 to 15) and pulled out a big win on the road.
December 5, 1941
Abilene Christian (2-3) vs. Grambling State (1-4)
Final Score: Abilene Christian - 64, Grambling State - 63. With 30 seconds left and a 1 point lead Mark Gagne missed both free throws after a foul but got the rebound. Then before he could be fouled again Virgil Yager was called for an illegal screen. It looked like we had thrown the win away but Grambling State was unable to get a shot off so we preserved our lead that we worked so hard to throw away. We were called for 16 first half fouls which put us in a lot of trouble and a big deficit early and is the only reason that one was even close to begin with. Chung McLin had 15 points and both Robert Smith and Mark Gagne had 9 points. We allowed 14 offensive rebounds in this one including a lot in the final few minutes that allowed Grambling State to comeback. We were -2 in turnover differential (15 to 13) despite having 8 steals to their 3. We were turning the ball over often in this one and it made it hard to get momentum. Nevertheless we were able to still win the game and get our 2nd road win of the season. We still are not a great team but I think it is clear that we are much improved as last season we didn't get our 2nd road win until February, 21 games into the season. Hopefully we can get at least one more by then.
December 9, 1941
Campbell (0-6) vs. Abilene Christian (3-3)
Final Score: Campbell - 69, Abilene Christian - 77. We were +5 in the turnover margin (16 to 21) and this one was only close due to us letting a 19 point lead with 9 minutes left turn into a 6 point lead with 2 minutes left. We went 12-24 from the free throw line this game including missing the front end of six one-and-one's. Robert Smith had 19 points and 5 rebounds and Chung McLin had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Smith went 8-15 from the floor and McLin went 7-20 so although they scored a lot they were inefficient. Virgil Yager had 12 rebounds in this one and we have what I believe is our first ever winning record!
December 15, 1941
Abilene Christian (4-3) vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-6)
Final Score: Abilene Christian - 69, Mississippi Valley State - 64. We let a 15 point lead get down to a one possession game but we were able to hold on for the win. Robert Smith had 18 points and Chung McLin had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. We let up 13 offensive rebounds in this one which was a big part of their comeback. We were -2 in turnover differential (12 to 10).
December 18, 1941
Abilene Christian (5-3) vs. Dartmouth (2-6)
Final Score: Abilene Christian - 71, Dartmouth - 70. Mark Gagne had 18 points and Chung McLin had 16. Lesley Franklin had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sam Houston State is up to 9-0 and is #12 in the national top 25 poll!
December 22, 1941
Abilene Christian (6-3) vs. North Dakota (4-4)
Final Score: Abilene Christian - 81, North Dakota - 72. Chung McLin and Mark Gagne both had 17 points and Gagne added on 7 rebounds. The bench had 22 points and came up big in this one.
December 2, 1941
North Carolina Central (3-7) vs. Abilene Christian (7-3)
It always takes two of three things that would normally happen maybe once a year for us to lose. In this one they shot over 75% from three, had a 5 point play, and missed 3 free throws after a foul just to get the rebound and then make a 3 pointer anyways. These are things that might happen once in a season (and usually not even that often) and are the things that are happening every single game against us. Never for us but always against us.
Series is over. This game is a joke and absolutely awful.