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Josh Braun sparks Grand Canyon’s rout of Chicago State

Grand Canyon guard Joshua Braun (2) goes in for a layup around the defense of Louisville forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

PHOENIX — Joshua Braun scored 14 points to help spark Grand Canyon’s wire-to-wire, 89-55 rout of Chicago State in a Western Athletic Conference contest Saturday night.

Chicago State has now lost 19 straight.

Grand Canyon opened the game with back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers by Alessandro Lever, Casey Benson and Braun and never trailed. By halftime, the Antelopes led 36-27. Benson hit a layup and followed it with a 3 to push the lead to 46-27 barely two minutes into the second half. Grand Canyon finished with 11 3-pointers on 27 attempts (40.7 percent).

Grand Canyon (17-7, 6-2) had its four-game win streak snapped by Utah Valley and the Lopes now have won back-to-back games.

Oscar Frayer had 12 points and Keonta Vernon added 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Antelopes, who had 15 players see action and 13 figure in the scoring.

Glen Burns scored 12 points to lead Chicago State (2-23, 0-8).

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