BELLEVILLE — The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball team took a four-point lead into the half, but used timely shooting late to pull away from the Eagles of Central Methodist and go on to win 87-76.
In the first half, the Lynx jumped out to an early three-point lead after a three-pointer by Jakob Holland. After the Eagles cut the deficit to one, Holland hit his second three-pointer of the game to put the Lynx up by four with 17 minutes, 33 seconds left in the first half.
From there, however, the Eagles went on a 9-0 run to take a four-point lead. The run was capped off by a jumper from Mitchell Farr. The Lynx tied the game up at 15 after a layup by Craig Anderson with 12:22 left in the first half. Chris Stevenson knocked down a jumper on the Lynx next possession to give the Lynx a two point lead.
The Lynx took their largest lead of the first half after a layup by Lawson Warren, putting the Lynx up nine. To end the half the Eagles went on a 5-0 run and cut the deficit to four. At the break, the Lynx held a 44-40 lead.
In the first half, the Lynx shot 50 percent from the field compared to the Eagles' 47 percent. Garrett Gaffner, in his first game for the Lynx, led the team at the half with nine points.
To start the second half, the Lynx connected on back to back baskets to extend their lead to eight. Eric McDaniel made a layup for the Eagles to cut the deficit to six, but from there the Lynx went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 12. Anderson capped off the run with a layup and a free throw.
The Eagles would not go away though. McDaniel made another layup with 9:57 left in the game to cut the Lynx lead to four. Farr hit a jumper with 8:05 left to cut deficit to two for the Eagles.
Anderson made two free throws with 2:19 left to extend the Lynx lead back to nine and after a jumper by Chris Stevenson with forty seconds left the Lynx would go on to win 87-76.
Anderson led the Lynx with 25 points and six rebounds. Stevenson added 17 points and six rebounds. Gaffner picked up a career high 15 points and eight rebounds. Warren chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. The Lynx finished the game shooting forty-nine percent from the field and forty-five percent from behind the three point line.
With the win the Lynx move to 11-6 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 7-8.
Next up, the Lynx will travel to far-off state of West Virginia to take on West Virginia Tech this Friday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CST.