Grand Canyon men's basketball coach Dan Majerle said his team will give up 130 points to Utah Valley this weekend if it plays the way it did Tuesday night.
The Antelopes needed a 50-point second half and two individual 20-point efforts to put away visiting William Jessup, an NAIA program, 96-80.
"I guess we took the night off from playing defense," Majerle said. "Very disappointing. I talked about it before the game how we were ranked nationally defensively. How good we've been playing defensively. (How) this is a chance to take a step forward and keep the momentum. Well, we took four steps backwards tonight."
The Antelopes (15-6 overall, 4-1 WAC) never trailed but held only a 46-43 lead at halftime against a team in the Warriors (15-7) that had lost four of its last five games coming into the night.
"'I just don't know who you guys are,'" said Majerle on what he told his team at intermission. "'You have no pride.' I said, 'You're not guarding. You're shooting the ball well, but you're not guarding.'"
GCU shot a scorching 65 percent (34-52) from the field but was out-rebounded 11-6 on the offensive glass.
Freshman forward Alessandro Lever had a team-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead the Antelopes to their fourth-straight win.
"We did what coach asked us to do. We put the ball inside," Lever said. "We put the ball inside and found open shots outside."
Senior guard Joshua Braun added 22 points in the win, including four of the team's 10 3-pointers.
Scoring in bunches
GCU has won its last four games by an average of nearly 19 points per game.
The Warriors made more field goals (30) than any other GCU opponent this season.
The Antelopes travel to Western Athletic Conference foe Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1) on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.