GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Jovan Blacksher’s big night lifts GCU basketball over Chicago State

Dec 30, 2021, 11:34 PM | Updated: Dec 31, 2021, 8:13 am
Grand Canyon head coach Bryce Drew calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball...

Grand Canyon head coach Bryce Drew calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — Jovan Blacksher Jr. had 24 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and Grand Canyon beat Chicago State 80-63 on Thursday night in a Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Gabe McGlothan had 17 points for Grand Canyon (11-2), which earned its fifth consecutive home victory.

Dima Zdor added 10 points.Ali Abdou Dibba scored 21 points for the Cougars (4-10) and Coreyoun Rushin scored 16 with nine rebounds.

The Cougars’ leading scorer, Brandon Betson (14 points per game) finished 2-for-11 shooting.

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