LC Men’s Basketball Split at Southeastern IA
Not being home with their families for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day was something different for 12 of the 14 players on the Lincoln College roster. The men’s basketball team decided to have their own Thanksgiving meal with their basketball family on the campus before departing for Burlington, IA Thursday morning for a 7:00pm tip-off against Southeastern Iowa Community College. “It’s something they do at the next level, and I feel that it helps bring the guys even closer together as a team” said Head Coach Pat Lepper.
The Lynx put up a physical, well fought first half but still found themselves trailing by 10 at the half. The defensive intensity increased in the 2nd half and trimmed to lead to one with 7:00 minutes left in the game. Coach Lepper said “I really like the way this group never gives up and will play to the end of the game. By not giving up we give ourselves a chance to win every game that we play.” The game was a battle to the end, but the Lynx fell short of Southeastern by a score of 78-73. Lincoln was led by Aaron Simpson with 24 and JoVaughn Gaines with 19 points.
The Lynx returned to action the next day to face Black Hawk East and former Lincoln College coach BJ McCullum. The first half was very sluggish and sloppy for Lincoln, which found themselves trailing 42-31 at halftime. The sluggish play continued seven minutes into the 2nd half when Lincoln trailed 66-46. Finally, the lights turned on and the Lynx battled back over the last half of the game. After getting the lead cut to 10 with just under eight minutes left, Lincoln made a couple of defensive stops which led to a 71-69 Lincoln lead. Never looking back, Lincoln was able to finish the game and scratch out the 77-74 win. Coach Lepper commented, “I’m proud of our guys for not giving up. With no fan’s in the gym it’s very difficult to create energy, especially when you get down 20, but our guys found away to get it done. This is a good learning experience for such a young team.” Lincoln was led by Aaron Simpson with 22 points and Courtney Jones with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Lynx will back in action Monday, November 26th at Lewis & Clark Community College.
Lincoln now has a record of 6-3