Record night for Cowboys, Kuxhausen

Raymond Partsch III, Special to the American Press

Dru Kuxhausen needed 7 minutes to make history.

The McNeese State senior guard drained seven consecutive 3-pointers in the first half of Wednesday’s home opener against Dallas Christian. Kuxhausen’s seven first-half threes set a program record as the Cowboys set eight records in a 140-37 victory over the Crusaders at Burton Coliseum.

McNeese (1-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead as A.J. Lawson found Carlos Rosario and KeyShawn Feazell for a pair of easy layups, and then Lawson hit a jumper to make it 6-0.

A layup by Dallas Christian’s Moses Compton cut the lead to 6-2, but that proved to be the closest the Crusaders would get the rest of the way as the Cowboys responded with a 23-2 run.

Kuxhausen took over as he drained four 3-pointers and a free throw to make it 21-2. Kuxhausen hit two more 3-pointers and a layup to make it 29-4.

Kuxhausen made his seventh and final 3-pointer of the first half with 9:31 left to play in the opening half, as McNeese held a commanding 42-9 lead.

While McNeese was catching fire from the floor, Dallas Christian — a Division II program out of the NCCAA — struggled to find its rhythm. With 6:30 left in the first half, the Crusaders had scored nine points and were 4 of 26 from the field and 1 of 14 from 3-point range.

Dallas Christian didn’t reach double figures until Ja’Kyrie Robinson hit a corner 3 with a little more than 6 minutes left in the half.

The final score of the first half ended up being a record-setting bucket.

Rosario’s layup with 13 seconds before half made it 67-15 which set a Cowboys record for most points scored in a half, surpassing the previous record of 66.

McNeese kept its foot on the gas in the second half outscoring Dallas Christian 73-22, which of course broke the record set in the first half for most points scored in a half.

The Cowboys shot 59.5 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from 3-point range, and outrebounded the Crusaders 61-31.

Kuxhausen led all scorers with 28 points and ended the night 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. Rosario and Feazell each posted double-doubles while the Cowboys had four players come off the bench to score in double figures, including Braelon Bush who had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.

McNeese also set program records for total points scored (140), most 3-pointers made in agame (21), most 3-pointers attempted (39), most assists (37), and widest margin of victory (103).McNeese State senior guard Dru Kuxhausen shoots over Dallas Christian College’s Moses Compton Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum.

Rick Hickman