CHICAGO -- Lesley Varner II made 4 of 5 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws to score 23 points as UT Rio Grande Valley handed Chicago State its 15th straight loss, 75-64 on Saturday.
Trailing 31-21 at halftime, Varner hit three straight 3-pointers in a one-man 11-0 run to give UTRGV its first lead of the game at 45-40 with 11:55 to play and the Vaqueros led by as many as 15.
Andrew Lewis scored 22 points and Xavier Johnson added 13 with four assists for the Cougars (4-21, 0-10), who had 22 turnovers and shot 39% (19 of 43) from the field. Rajeir Jones had 11 points and Amir Gholizadeh had nine.
The Vaqueros improve to 2-0 against the Cougars on the season. Texas Rio Grande Valley defeated Chicago State 87-63 on January 11. Texas Rio Grande Valley matches up against Utah Valley at home on Thursday. Chicago State plays Cal State Bakersfield on the road on Thursday.
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