By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY – For the second time in three games, the Lincoln men’s basketball team won in overtime, as the Blue Tigers held off Central Missouri for an 88-84 victory on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 11).
The weather outside was cold and snowy, but the teams inside Jason Gym were hot, combining to make 24 three-pointers and 58 baskets, with both squads shooting better than .450. The Mules shot at a .519 clip, including .424 from long distance, while the Blue Tigers shot .455 from the floor.
The main difference in the game proved to be rebounding and turnovers, as LU out-scored UCM, 19-8, on second chance points and scored 17 off turnovers compared to seven for the Mules. Lincoln (6-8, 3-2 MIAA) out-rebounded Central Missouri (6-8, 1-4 MIAA), 39-28, and forced UCM into 16 turnovers.
Lincoln led for nearly the entire first half, entering the intermission with a 37-32 lead, and had a six-point advantage with 15:48 to play. The Mules used a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the ballgame, 44-43, but Lincoln answered with a trey by Marcel Burton for a two-point lead with 13:19 remaining. Marcel Burton, who finished with 15 points, was one of six Blue Tigers to score in double figures.
After two more lead changes, Jonell Burton put the Blue Tigers ahead by seven with a layup at the 4:35 mark, but the Mules weren’t ready to call it a day. A quick trey sparked Central Missouri to an 11-4 run, culminating with a 71-71 score with 49 seconds remaining. Lamont Ballard, Jr., who led LU with 18 points, made his fourth three-pointer of the day to give Lincoln back the lead, but the Mules answered with a three of their own to send the game into overtime.
The teams continued to go back and forth durting the extra period, which featured seven lead changes and three ties. With the score deadlocked at 84, Cameron Potts made a layup off an offensive board to give LU the lead for good. Potts finished his day with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and a block.
Jonell Burton, who tallied 12 points and five boards, iced the game with a pair of free throws with 6.9 left on the clock. Bansi King also had 12 points for the Blue Tigers while Jordan Notch had 14 and six rebounds.
L’Kielynn Taylor led LU with nine rebounds and seven assists, and made a free throw to close out the scoring. Taylor also had a team-high two steals. Marcus Cohen, meanwhile, represented Lincoln on the court with two rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal.
Lincoln will now turn its attention to Missouri Southern, as the Lions visit Jason Gym on Thursday (Jan. 16) for a 7:30 p.m. CST contest.