By Nigel Broadnax
Lincoln University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams had mixed results during weekend contests against Virginia Union. The men prevailed 60-58, while the Lady Lions fell 52-43.
The Lincoln University men’s basketball team prevailed against Virginia Union University at Manuel Rivero Gymnasium on Saturday. Late free throws by senior Richard Glover lifted Lincoln to the victory.
The game was kept pretty close throughout the first half, despite the Lions trailing by as many as six at one point. They trailed 31-29 at halftime.
Lincoln jumped out to a 39-31 within the first four minutes of the second half.
Virginia Union responded with a 19-9 run over the next seven minutes, gaining a 50-48 advantage.
Virginia Union’s final lead of the game was 58-57 with 1:26 remaining. At that moment, Glover sank two free throws putting Lincoln up one.
More than a minute later, Virginia Union’s Juan Wilson responded with a missed free throw at the other end.
Glover would return to the charity stripe with 12.7 seconds remaining. Only this time he would split the pair of free throws.
Immediately after, Virginia Union missed their next two shots sealing a Lincoln victory.
“We have played pretty well on the road and to come out and play well and get the win at home is fantastic,” said head coach John Hill.
Sophomore Will Cole led Lincoln in scoring with 18 points on 8-10 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Jackson added 17 points and 4 assists. Glover chipped in 9 points, including his clutch free throws, and seven rebounds.
The women, however, did not fair as well.
Despite out rebounding Virginia Union by 19, and out scoring them by 10 in the paint, the Lady Lions found themselves fighting their way back into the game for most of the second half.
The game was kept close in the first half, with neither team gaining a lead of more than six. Going into halftime, Lincoln lead 24-21.
The Lady Lions let the the game slightly slip away in the second half. They trailed by as many as nine points.
“We stopped playing defense and just worried about playing offense,” said Zephra Pam when asked about the second half struggles.
With a little under seven minutes to go, Lincoln started put things together as they went on an 11-2 run. The run capped off by a running basket by sophomore Courtney Lucas to tie the game at 44 with 2:30 remaking.
Virginia Union then closed the game on an 8-2 run to seal the final score.
“We have to learn how to win games here at Lincoln,” said head coach Jessica Kern. “There’s really no excuse for (losing).”
Kern also stressed the importance of needing to get Pam more opportunities to score.
“(Pam) can score in the paint. I think everyone in the conference knows that. (We have to give) her the ball consistently.
Pam led the way for the Lady Lions with 13 points on 5-12 shooting, as well as 11 rebounds.
Tahlar McIntosh had a double double of her own with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The 15-9 men’s team will return to action on Wednesday at home against Chowan University at 7:30 pm
The 8-16 Lady Lions will play again on Wednesday at home against Chowan University at 5:30 pm.