BELLEVILLE — The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx honored lone senior Tyler Boring on Saturday afternoon in their final home game of the season. Boring is the first four-year player to go through the men's program.
It turned out to be a good day for Boring and the Lynx. At the half, the Golden Bears of West Virginia University Tech built an 11-point lead, but the Lynx used strong defense and good shooting down the stretch to pull away late for a 95-80 victory.
The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 8-2 lead with 16:34 left in the first half after a jumper by Leon Cooper. Just over a minute later the Lynx tied the game up after a free throw by Craig Anderson. The Lynx took their first lead of the game with 13:49 left in the half after a jumper by Garrett Gaffner. From there the Golden Bears went on an 11-3 run to take a six point lead. The run was capped off by a layup from Armond Perez.
With less than seven minutes left Jacobby Anderson knocked down a jumper to tie the game up for the sixth time. The Golden Bears answered with a 7-2 run to take a five point lead. The run was capped off by two free throws from Cooper.
With just under a minute left in the half the Golden Bears extended their lead to 13, but Craig Anderson knocked down two free throws with less than five seconds left to cut the deficit to 11 at the break.
At the half Craig Anderson led all scorers with 10 points. The Lynx shot 39 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 57 percent from the Golden Bears. Early in the second half the Golden Bears extended their lead to 15 after a free throw by Ra'shaud Kincaid. The Lynx answered with an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to four. Craig Anderson knocked down two free throws to start the run and Lawson Warren capped it off with a layup.
After a free throw by Stephen Coles to put the Golden Bears up seven, the Lynx went on a 9-2 run to tie the game up at 56. On the Lynx next possession Garrett Gaffner made layup to give the Lynx the lead for good.
The Lynx took their first double-digit lead of the game with 5:23 left after a jumper by Jacobby Anderson. Craig Anderson made a layup with under a minute left to put the Lynx up 18 and after a three pointer by the Golden Bears the Lynx went on to win 95-80.
Craig Anderson led all scorers with 27 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Lawson Warren finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Garrett Gaffner came off the bench and finished with 15 points and three rebounds. Jacobby Anderson chipped in 13 points and six rebounds.
In the second half the Lynx scored 63 points, which is their season high for points in a half. The Lynx finished the game shooting 52 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line. On the defensive end, the Lynx forced 25 turnovers and picked up nine steals.
With the win the Lynx move to 22-7 on the season and pick up their 11th straight victory. The Golden Bears fall to 18-12 after the loss.
Next up, the Lynx will take part in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament. The event runs from March 7-9 in Marietta, Ga.