Lions Continue Hot Start For Victory Over Huskies

By Taron Jordan
The Lincoln University Lions men’s basketball team got out to a lead as large as 15 in the first half and ballooned to 20 in the second half to score the victory against the Bloomsburg University Huskies, 81-67.
The victory was their first against the huskies since 1987 when the huskies beat the lions establishing their school-record 133 points in a game.
“I knew going into the game that they were a very good team, said Head coach John Hill.  They play a style of basketball very different than what we have seen so far this season.  They shoot almost 30 -35 threes a game but tonight it looks like we held them well below at about 24.”
Leading the way for the Lions was junior guard, George Jackson, with game-high 17 points and 4 assists.  He also was aggressive on the defensive end collecting three steals.
Aiding in the cause was senior guards Kenny Sharpe and Beloved Rogers with 13 and 12 respectively.  For Rogers it was a season-high and did it on 4-of-7 shooting from the arc.  That is the team’s high for the season.  Derrick Washington also chipped in 12 off the bench.
“It’s been fun this year, said junior guard George Jackson.  We are well coached and it shows every night, even the loss that we do have on the season.”
Both teams started the game very slow until 15 – 1 run completed by a three-pointer from senior guard Beloved Rogers at the 3:17 mark to go in the first half.  Jackson scored nine of the 15 points.
Also during the run, the lions were able to hold the huskies scoreless for 6:12 before Matthew Aikey sank a free throw to make it 30 – 15.
The huskies begin to awaken and used a 7 – 1 run to close the gap at the half and bring the score to 31-22.
The lions forced 13 turnovers in the half and converted those into 15 points off them, compared tofive turnovers and zero points for the huskies.
“Our objective is to get out and run.  So for us to force all these turnovers, it plays right into our hands and game plan, said Jackson.”
Coming out in the second half, they continue their solid play by extending the lead to 22 with a monster 19-6 run.  During the run, Jackson scored a huge three pointer at the 17:14 mark to answer one by the huskies Wes Lyons.
The lions continued their aggressive way and finished the game off with 38 points in the paint compared to 18 for the huskies.
The lions also had their best shooting performance of the season going 29-of-59 from the field for 49 percent, also adding a season high in field goals and field goal attempts.
The huskies had four players in double figures led by Lorenzo Christmas with 17 points.  He went a game-high five-of-seven from the arc, 6-for-10 overall shooting.
The lions are off to the best start in a season since the 1994-1995 season when they also opened 5-1.
The men return to action on the road Monday, Dec. 3 in Misenheimer, N.C., against Pfeiffer University.  The lions defeated the falcons last year 76-64 at Manuel Rivero Hall.

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