Lerma leads MBU men to upset of top-seeded Randall University 73-62

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Senior guard David Lerma scored a career-high 27 points as the eighth-seeded Maranatha Baptist University men’s basketball team beat top-seeded Randall University, the three-time defending national champions, 73-62 in a National Christian College Athletic Assocation national quarterfinal game on Thursday.

The Sabercats held the Saints to 0-for-17 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half en route to building a 36-8 lead at the break.

Lerma and sophomore forward Stephen Wilkerson each hit important shots from 3-point range down the stretch and Maranatha (16-9) was 13-for-18 from the free throw line for the game as the lead never dipped below nine.

Senior point guard Jonathan Book supplied 16 points along with six assists and senior forward Rob Sonnenberg added 12.

Brandon Askew totaled 23 points and Kashus Lyons had 14 for Randall (17-14).

The Sabercats are now winners of six consecutive games.

Maranatha plays fourth-seeded Great Lakes Christian College today at 3 p.m. in a NCCAA national semifinal game.



Maranatha    36    37    —    73

Randall    8    54    —    62

Maranatha Baptist University (fg-ft-tp) — Sonnenberg 5-1-12, Wilkerson 3-0-8, Book 6-3-16, Lerma 9-5-27, Gill 2-2-6, Sanders 0-2-2, Blake 1-0-2. Totals 26 13-18 73.

Randall University (fg-ft-tp) — Barnett 4-2-10, Cubit 1-0-2, Wilson 5-1-13, Lyons 5-0-14, Askew 8-0-23. Totals 23 3-7 62.

Three-point goals — MBU, Lerma 4, Wilkerson 2, Sonnenberg, Book; RU, Askew 7, Lyons 4, Wilson 2.

Total fouls — MBU 10, RU 15.

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