By Nigel Broadnax
This past week in Lincoln sports featured two home wins for the men’s basketball team.
The first came on Wednesday, January 29th against Chowan University where they won 69-47. The Lions, who earned a 69-47 victory, held control for most of the first half, leading by as many as nine in the period
The team really sealed the win after halftime.
They shot 52 percent in the second half, while holding Chowan to just 26 percent from the field. .
The second period also featured Lincoln forcing nine turnovers and producing a 15-point advantage in scoring.
For the game, the Lions made 11 three-pointers and generated 30 bench-points.
Senior guard Justin Jackson and sophomore guard James Stewart led all scorers with 15 points each.
Lincoln was victorious again three days later against Virginia State University, winning 65-58.
The first half was very competitive as the score was tied at 29 by intermission.
Senior guard Derrick Washington kept the Lions afloat as he scored 17 of their 29 points in the opening period.
Lincoln’s second half performance was similar to the game before, as they shot 50 percent from the field and forced nine turnovers to pull away from Chowan for the win.
The Lions converted 22-of-26 from the free throw line. Derrick Washington finished with a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers.
Lincoln currently holds a record of 15-5.
They will play their next game on Tuesday, February 4th at home against Southern New Hampshire at 7:00 pm.
Women’s team comes up short
Collectively, Lincoln’s women’s basketball team did not have the same success this week, as they dropped both of their contests.
One player, however, entered the record books.
The Lady Lions also faced Chowan on Wednesday and fell 71-65.
Within the first six minutes they built a 14-6 lead. Chowan quickly responded with a run to take their first lead with under four minutes left in the half, and led 30-28 at halftime. The Lady Lions tied the game at 30 in the opening seconds of the second half, but it was met with another big run by Chowan as they created a nine-point lead over the next six minutes.
Lincoln did not back down after that, as they fought back into the game and even took a one-point lead after a big basket plus the foul by freshman forward De’jah Taylor with 4:44 left to play.
She knocked down the follow-up free throw to improve the lead to two.
But that would be Lincoln’s final lead as they scored only 10 points the rest of the way, while giving up 18.
Sophomore guard Amani Clark led the way for the Lady Lions by scoring 14 points. Junior forward Zephrah Pam collected her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
History was made three days later during a loss to three days later to Virginia State 67-53.
The Lady Lions got off to a rough start as they committed 15 turnovers and were outrebounded by 10 in the first half. They were down 36-23 by halftime.
They began the second period pretty well as they were able to shrink their deficit to eight within the first four minutes. Virginia State pulled away in the second half, and closed the game by outscoring the Lady Lions 16-10.
Senior guard Cynthia Johnson, who led Lincoln with a 14-point, four-assist, four-rebound performance, became just the sixth player in Lincoln women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career-points.
She notched the milestone after hitting a free throw with 1:42 left in the game.
She joins former Lady Lions Tehma Smith, Sharay DuBose, LaShanda Maxwell, DeJuana Mosley and Asha Atkinson on the exclusive list of 1,000-point scorers.
Johnson achieved this feat in 104 games during her four seasons at Lincoln.
They Lady Lions now have a record of 11-10. They will play their next game on Saturday, Feb. 8t at Bowie State University at 5:30 pm.