College Sports

Stephens scores 31 in LU-Belleville’s upset victory

ShunQuez Stephens scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, leading the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx to a 95-80 victory over the Park University Pirates on Saturday in an American Midwest Conference game at Lynx Arena.

The Pirates (9-5, 7-2 AMC) had no answer for Stephens, who collected 16 of his 31 points in the first half to help the Lynx (7-9, 4-5 AMC) to an upset victory.

Stephens shot 12-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line.

LU-Belleville’s Joshua Doughty picked up his first career double–double finishing with 12 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists ties a single game record for the Lynx. Collin Mingo and Jacobby Anderson each finished with 12 points, while Sean McGee chipped in 10.

The Lynx led 46-43 at the break.

The Pirates’ Levi Mitchell led the Pirates with 24 points, but was limited to just five in the second half. Mylin Jordan finished with 16 points and four rebounds. The Lynx limited Xavielle Brown to just 14 points, after coming into the game averaging just under 27 points.

The Lynx started the second half on a 10-3 run.

With the victory, the Lynx move into seventh place in the AMC. The Lynx will look to pick up their fourth straight victory Thursday when they travel to Lyon College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Quincy 95, McKendree 76

The McKendree University men’s basketball team wrapped up a brief two-game Great Lakes Valley Conference road trip Saturday afternoon with a 95-76 loss at Quincy University.

The host Hawks placed five players in double figures in the scoring column in collecting the conference win over the Bearcats. McKendree moves to 7-5 overall and is now 0-4 in GLVC play. The Bearcats return home Thursday to square off against William Jewell College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Harry M. Statham Sports Center.

Three different players had at least 12 points on the day for McKendree. Junior guard David Franklin (O’Fallon, Ill./Althoff Catholic) showed the way in the balanced effort with 19 points. Junior forward Darin Winkelman (Steeleville, Ill./Steeleville) chipped in with 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Winkelman also led McKendree with eight rebounds in the contest. Junior guard Michael Jackson (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon) helped out with 12 points and five rebounds for the Bearcats.

In the first half, the teams went toe-to-toe during the opening minutes. Quincy battled its way to a five-point advantage before McKendree fought back to knot the score twice, the last coming at 19-19 thanks to a lay-up from Jackson with 12:33 left in the period. The Hawks responded by reeling off the next nine points to take the lead for good at 28-19 just over a minute later.

The Bearcats clawed back once again and pulled within 33-30 on a three-pointer from Winkelman at the 7:49 mark before the hosts took control. Quincy closed the half on a 22-6 run to take a 55-36 lead into the locker room. A burst of 14 consecutive points over a four-minute stretch late in the half helped fueled the Hawks’ run. Quincy pushed its lead to as many as 35 points in the second half before McKendree closed the game over the final nine minutes. The Bearcats outscored the hosts 22-6 over the final 9:36 of play.

Joseph Tagarelli and Evan McGaughey each posted a double-double for Quincy (10-4, 4-1 GLVC). Tagarelli paced the Hawks with 22 points while adding 11 rebounds. McGaughey connected for 12 points and hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds. Gogson Eneogwe contributed 19 points in the win for Quincy, while Von Washington and Jordan Wilson each scored 12 points. Herm Senor dished out a game-high eight assists for the Hawks, who scored 58 points in the paint.

Tennessee State 63, SIUE 60

Burik Eslik scored 23 points but the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars dropped an Ohio Valley Conference game to Tennessee State in Nashville, Tenn.

The Tigers were led by Tahjere McCall, who scored 18 points and seven rebounds.

SIUE fell to 3-13 overall. In league play, the Cougars remain winless at 0-4. Tennessee State improved to 12-4 overall. The Tigers are unbeaten in OVC action at 4-0.

Eslik hit a 3-point with 6 seconds left to make it 61-60.

SIUE had to foul and Keron Deshields hit two free throws and the Cougars did not get a chance to get off a last-second shot.

The Cougars will entertain visiting Morehead State at 8 p.m. Thursday in the friendly confines of the Vadalabene Center.