Men's Basketball Falls to LU-Belleville, 74-67
BELLEVILLE, Ill. - The last time these two teams met, earlier this season here in Wilmore, the contest was a high-scoring, long-range shooting type of affair as the Eagles took the game 92-88.
That was not the case on Tuesday night in Belleville as the Lynx (7-5) put their 22-game home win-streak on the line against the Eagles (4-2).
The Eagles would start off on fire from the field as Dakotah Euton--who scored a team-high 18 poitns-- knocked down three-straight from beyond the arc as he helped his team get out to a 12-0 lead.
From there, though, the Lynx would start chipping away at the deficit. Tyrin Wade started the scoring for the Lynx with eight of his team’s first nine as LU-Belleville would cut considerably into the Eagles’ large lead. The Lynx would pull it to 22-16 with just over eight minutes to play in the half.
As hot as the Eagles were to start the game, they cooled off drastically. Five straight attempts from downtown didn’t find net as the Eagles’ trailed 25-24. But, sophomore Jordan Gilbert connected on the next one from deep to regain the lead.
With 2:30 to play in the half, Lee’Vaughn Morris would drive the lane and dish to Cam Richardson. Richardson drove baseline and got the bucket to go and picked up an "and-1". A conversion on the freebie put the Eagles up 36-34, but would also prove as the last points of the half for Asbury as they went into the half trailing 40-36.
The Eagles and CJ Penny would get things going early on in the second. Penny scored four on two buckets in the paint in between buckets from Lamb and Richardson to give the Eagles the lead once again at 47-43.
From there the Eagles and Lynx were back and forth as the pace picked up substantially in the second half. The Lynx seemed to take to the new found pace of the game and would go on a 10-0 run to open up an 11 point lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
The lead would be cut into by a trey from Morris and again on one from Euton but many of the Eagles shots couldn't find twine. Asbury also found themselves in foul trouble, too, which sent LU-Belleville to the line for 11 of their second half points.
The Eagles got another strong performance out of Morris who finished the night with his third double-double of the early season (11 points, 12 rebounds).
The Eagles get a break for the Thanksgiving holiday before having a full week at home with games against Centre (12/3) and the Zweifel/Pritchett Classic on Dec. 6 and 7th.
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