After shooting 50.0 percent from the floor on the Thursday, the Lindenwood University-Belleville men’s basketball team had its struggles from the floor on Saturday, as they fell 79-68 against Harris-Stowe State.
The Lynx (11-13; 8-9 AMC), shot 31.9 percent from the field, but did get to the free throw line 27 times and converted on 20 of those attempts.
ShunQuez Stephens, a senior, led the Lynx with a team-high 20 points and 14 boards, which now gives him 11 double-doubles on the year. Adam Hendrix had another strong game with 14 points, while Najee Bailey added 13 points off the bench.
The Hornets (11-13; 7-10 AMC), fared a little better from the floor at 39.7 percent, but they dominated the glass, having a rebounding advantage of 67-44.
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Crag Davila Jr., led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and dished out a game-high six assists.Darrius Ingram recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Wineglass also netted 11 points. Jalen Fletcher, meanwhile, totaled nine points off the bench, but grabbed down a
team-high 13 rebounds.
In the first half, the Hornets took a 14-6 lead at the 14:22 mark after a 3-pointer from Trevor Roberts.
Harris-Stowe would then stretch its advantage out to 23-10 with 11:45 remaining, as Dominic Phillips capitalized on the old-fashioned three point play.
Lindenwood-Belleville would chip into the lead as they started to find its groove over the next five minutes of play. At the 6:35 mark, Stephens made his basket, after Hendrix came up with the steal and now the team was down just 27-22.
The Lynx would keep the deficit within single-digits as the clock ticked down, but a basket in the paint from Evan Jones with .40 seconds left, put the Hornets ahead 40-29 at the half.
LU-Belleville shot 34.4 percent from the floor and were led by Stephens already having 13 points. Harris-Stowe shot 44.4 percent and owned a rebounding advantage of 28-16.
In the second half, Sean McGee would cut the lead down to 47-35 with 15:53 remaining. The Hornets would then go on a 7-0 run over the next two minutes, as Wineglass’ two made free throws extended their lead out to 54-35.
With 7:44 left in regulation, Davila Jr.’s basket gave the Hornets a 61-43 lead. In less than two minutes, the Lynx went on a 10-0 run and were down by single-digits (61-53), after Hendrix made his two point shot.
Harris-Stowe would get its advantage back out to 13 (70-57), after Julian Clarkson scored his second chance basket with 3:04 left in regulation.
Despite the Lynx cutting the Hornets lead to under 10 points on a few more occasions, Harris-Stowe made its free throws when needed and were able to hang on for the 11-point win.
The Lynx will now look to get back to its winning ways Saturday, as they travel to Hannibal-LaGrange University. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
Harris-Stowe 77, LU-Belleville 66
Even though the Lindenwood University-Belleville women’s basketball team owned a better field goal percentage than Harris-Stowe State on Saturday, the Lady Lynx still lost a tough outing against the Hornets.
Lindenwood-Belleville (8-16; 8-10 AMC), shot 48.2 percent from the floor on the afternoon and were led by Torre Kohrmann’s 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Kindra Brown and Candace Niemerg contributed 11 points each, while Rilea Huff added 10.
The Hornets (12-11; 10-7 AMC), shot 45.7 percent from the floor, but what made them successful on the day was its 42-35 advantage on the boards, 26 points in the paint and forcing 17 Lady Lynx turnovers.
Maronda Evans led all scorers with 20 points and shot 9-of-13 from the field. Khalilah Morrow had 13 points, while Cierrra Stanciel netted 12. The fourth HSSU player in double-figures was Angela Randall and she finished with 11 points and a game-high five assists.
In the first quarter, it was close action throughout, but it was the Lady Lynx taking a 12-10 lead on a basket from Niemerg at the four minute mark.
Over the final minutes of play, however, HSSU closed out on an 11-2 run, which allowed them to take a Lindenwood-Belleville shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the quarter and were led by Niemerg’s five In the second, the Hornets continued rolling, as they stretched its lead out to 33-22 on a two point
basket from Randall with 4:33 left until the half. With 1:49 on the clock, LU-Belleville was down 34-24, but they would finish out on a 4-0 run, capped off by a two-pointer made by Leeah Jason, which cut the deficit down to 34-28 at the break.
Through 20:00 minutes the Lady Lynx shot 50.0 percent from the floor, while the Hornets were limited to a field goal percentage of 41.2
Just .46 seconds into the third quarter, Lindenwood-Belleville got a 3-pointer from Huff off a Hornets turnover, which narrowed the deficit down to 34-31. Another basket from Huff one minute later, kept the Lady Lynx within striking distance, as they trailed 36-33 with plenty of time on the clock.
The Hornets would respond however, with an 8-0 run, as Morrow’s two point bucket with 6:21 remaining in the third gave HSSU an 11-point (44-33) advantage.
The Lady Lynx crawled right back into the game, as they went on a 6-0 run of its own with Niemerg’s basket in the paint putting LU-Belleville down 44-39 at the 3:57 mark.
The back-and-forth action would continue, but with .43 seconds remaining, the Hornets got its lead back out to double-digits after Jalisa Mitchell scored in the paint to make it a 55-45 outing. Prior to the quarter ending though, Brown made her two point shot with .21 seconds left and that allowed LU-
Belleville to head into the fourth down 55-47.
In the fourth quarter, Harris-Stowe gained some breathing room for themselves, going on a 10-2 run to open the first three minutes, which allowed them to take a 65-49 advantage.
LU-Belleville would get the deficit down to 68-57, with 4:56 remaining, after a basket from Kohrmann in the paint. After consecutive three point misses by each team the Hornets would take a 71-57 lead after a 3-pointer from Stanciel. From there, Harris-Stowe was able to hold its double-digit advantage and secure the 11-point win over LU-Belleville.
The team will get a little breather before hitting the court again Saturday, as they pay a visit to Hannibal-LaGrange University. The tipoff is at 2 p.m.