By Nigel Broadnax
This past week was a good one for the Lincoln University men’s basketball team.
It was not so great for the women’s team.
The men defeated Elizabeth City State University 64-58, earning a victory in their final home game of the seasons.
Trailing 27-10 with 8:06 left in the opening period, the team began a 17-4 run which cut the lead to four.
Following a three-pointer by senior guard George Jackson to end the run with 34 seconds left, ECSU made a basket at the buzzer to make it a six-point game at the half.
The Lions scored seven unanswered points within the first three minutes of the half to take their first lead of the game.
ECSU regained a one-point lead shortly after, only for Lincoln to take it right back almost immediately. While the remainder game stayed relatively close, the Lions never looked back after taking that lead.
Jackson scored a game-high 17 points.
Lincoln honored its seniors during the game as Jackson, his brother, guard Justin Jackson, forward Chris Kinney, guard Derrick Washington, and forward Stefan Whittingham played their final game in front of the Lincoln crowd.
On Saturday, the Lions continued their success, routing Virginia Union in Richmond by 18 points. Leading by eight points in the second half, the team went on a 14-2 run, which stretched the team’s lead to 19 with 1:45 to play.
Freshman forward Timothy McKenzie scored a game-high 16 points, but junior guard Kyle Aiken’s 13 second-half points were vital in Lincoln taking full control of the game. Aiken had 15 for the game.
The Lions improve to 17-7 record on the season. They will play their next game on February 19 at Chowan University at 7:30 pm.
The women’s basketball team did not fair as well.
Despite a 10-4 run in the second half, the Lady Lions were never able to overcome Elizabeth City State, which defeated the team at Lincoln by a 60-55 margin.
Senior guard Cynthia Johnson finished the game with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Johnson and fellow senior d Briana McKellery were honored before the game.
Struggles in the post resulted in a second loss on Saturday against Virginia Union by a margin of 70-48.
The Lady Lions got overwhelmed near the rim as they gave up 50 points in the paint, and allowed Virginia Union to shoot 53 percent from the field.
With these pair of losses, the Lady Lions have a record of 11-13 and have now lost five in row.
The team’s next game will be on the road against Chowan University at 5:30 pm. on Feb. 19.