Story and photos by Amani Grant-Pate
JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University men’s basketball team won an 85-84 home thriller Saturday afternoon against Pittsburg State. The victory over the Gorillas improved Lincoln’s overall record to 7-9 on the year. It was also Coaches vs. Cancer Day.
Lincoln jumped off to a good start early leading 41-36 at halftime. Several players for Lincoln played well in the contest from the starters to the bench. In the second half, Pittsburg State made adjustments and played better. The two teams battled in the second half, resulting in 14 lead changes.
Cameron Potts made game-winning free throws with 05.4 seconds left on the clock to seal a Blue Tigers win. The junior guard showcased his ability to distribute and attack the basket throughout the game. Potts contributed with 12 points, five rebounds, and 9 assists.
Joe Davis had his best game as a Blue Tiger with 20 points and five rebounds. His career high made him the top scorer for Lincoln against Pittsburg State. Davis made big shots and put pressure on the defense by making his presence felt inside the paint. The sophomore also finished 10-13 from the field.
Lamont Ballard and Jordan Notch also played key roles off the bench. Ballard was efficient and finished with 14 points. The junior guard provided energy and instant offense. Jordan Notch chipped in with 10 points. The Lincoln bench outscored the Gorillas reserves 53-12.
Jonell Burton was in double digits with 11 points to go along with six assists. Burton had seven points in the first half. The senior is currently the leading scorer for Lincoln this season with an average of 15 points per game. The next game for Lincoln will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020 on the road against Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.