The Lindenwood University-Belleville men’s basketball team nearly erased an 18-point first half deficit; however, Freed-Hardeman University handed the Lynx a 97-88 defeat.
The Lynx (4-2, 1-1 AMC) shot 42.5 percent from the floor but had their struggles from the arc and at the charity-stripe. The team went 7-of-26 from downtown, while going 19-of-37 from the free throw line.
Leading the way for LU-Belleville was senior Chris Deans, as the point guard netted a career-high 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting. David Shepard recorded his second double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, while J.T. Jones had his third with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Leading scorer MarTavian Payne went 7-of-17 from the floor to finish with 18 points.
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The Lions (3-1, 2-0 AMC) finished the game shooting 52.4 percent from the field. Grant Teichmann was on fire from the floor, shooting 10-of-13 for a game-high 27 points. Sean Edwards contributed 15 points and five assists, while Fitzgerald Hopkins had 11 points and six assists.
Spencer Garner and Joseph Williams were the final players to reach double-figure scoring for Freed-Hardeman at 10 each.
The Lynx shot just 31.4 percent from the field and were led by Shepard’s nine points and eight boards. The Lions drained 48.6 percent of its shots from the floor.
Freed-Hardeman made its baskets when it needed it most, which allowed the Lions to take an 87-75 lead with 3:30 left.
The Lynx got it back down to five (89-84) after Jones made his second-chance bucket in the paint, but that was as close as it got.
Before the holiday break the Lynx will hit the road for a non-conference outing against Crowley’s Ridge on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Women: No. 8 Freed-Hardeman 59, LU-Belleville 58 OT
The LU-Belleville women’s team nearly collected its second upset win over a Top 25 team, but the No. 8 Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions escaped Lynx Arena with a 59-58 win in OT.
With eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, Freed-Hardeman’s (4-0, 2-0 AMC) Taleeah Cross went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to give the Lady Lions a 54-51 lead.
After a full timeout by LU-Belleville, Vivevca Nwagbaraocha found senior Torre Kohrmann right in front of the Lady Lynx bench, and she buried the 3-pointer, tying the game up at 54-54 to force overtime.
In OT, Freed-Hardeman went on a 5-0 run to take a 59-54 lead at the 2:45 mark. The Lady Lynx roared back into it as a Brianna Mueller bucket in the paint made it a 59-58 outing with 13 seconds left.
After Alison Webb was called for a foul, Haylee Croom had the chance to put the game away, but she missed both of her free throws with 10 seconds on the clock, giving LU-Belleville a chance for an upset.
But the Lady Lynx couldn’t put together its final offensive play, as the Lady Lions defense stepped up and forced an LU-Belleville turnover with four seconds left. Freed-Hardeman went on to inbound the ball and hang on for the win.
The bench led Freed-Hardeman to the win, as Morgan Warren came up huge with a team-high 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Gabrielle Nicholson also shined in her near-22 minutes played with 13 points. Kim Mallory ended with 12 points, while Cross added 11 and five assists.
LU-Belleville shot 43.9 percent from the floor and were led by Webb’s double-double performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“(Alison Webb) has been great thus far for us,” said Reis. “We’d like for her to get a bit more aggressive and get her going earlier in the game. That’s going to be on me, though, to get her some earlier touches.”
The Lady Lynx will now have 10 days off before they hit the floor again on Nov. 29, when they will take on Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.