The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx fell to No. 22 Benedictine 75-68 in their second home game of the season.
The Lynx couldn't seem to find their rhythm offensively, shooting just 32 percent from the field, including a 2-for-27 effort from three point range. Despite that, the Lynx had four players score in double figures.
The Lynx started the game off with a 13-3 run, capped by one of their two 3-point baskets of the night by freshman guard, Sean McGee. The 10- point lead matched the highest of the night for either team, as the Lynx held a 15-5 advantage after a basket from Adam Hendrix.
The Ravens went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 17-15 and then took their first lead since the first minute of the game with a layup to go up 22-21. That lead would float between one and three points for the rest of the half, as each team struggled to find a groove on the offensive side. McGee ended the half with three free throws throughout the final minute and 30 seconds to lead the Lynx in scoring at the half.
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The Lynx trailed 32-30 at the break. The Ravens made three three's in the opening half as each team got to the line more than 10 times.
In the second half, the Ravens quickly stretched their lead to seven and then took their biggest lead of the game with 13:30 to go when they led 46-38.
The Lynx came right back though, as two free throws from Collin Mingo and a jumper from Curran Walsh cut the deficit to just two with a little more than 10 minutes remaining. Adam Hendrix completed the comeback and tied the game at 51 with two free throws but the Lynx couldn't get over the hump, as the Ravens took the lead back and stretched the lead back to seven on consecutive baskets.
Hendrix continued to be a force in the paint, grabbing an offensive rebound, drawing a foul, and sinking both free throws with just over two minutes remaining, keeping the Lynx in the game.
The big shot just never fell for the Lynx on this night, as they eventually fell 75-68.
Both teams ended the night with 30 points in the paint and the Lynx held a slight advantage in points in the paint, 12-10.The Lynx out rebounded the Ravens 56-46, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds in the process.
Andrew Douby and Hendrix both picked up their first double-doubles of the season, as Douby scored 15 points to go with 10 rebounds and Hendrix scored 14 and grabbed 11 boards. McGee chipped in 13 points and Mingo had 11. ShunQuez Stephens grabbed 11 rebounds on the night off the bench and scored seven points.
Foul trouble was a factor for the Lynx on this night as both TJ Jackson and Stephens found out. Jackson, after scoring 27 points last game, played just ten minutes due to foul trouble.
The Lynx (1-1) will hit the road for the first time in the 2015 season, as they are set to compete at the Kentucky Christian Classic on Friday and Saturday. They will face off against Indiana University-Southeast on Friday at 5 p.m. before closing out the tournament with host school, Kentucky Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m.