Here’s a recap of Lyon College men’s and women’s basketball action Thursday against the Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) Hornets from Matt Jagodzinski, the sports information director at Lyon College:
Sabic drops 25 in Scots’ win over Hornets
Emir Sabic scored a game-high 25 points in the Scots’ 71-56 win at Harris-Stowe
Emir Sabic finished one point shy of tying his season-high as the senior scored a game-high 25 points to help the Lyon College men’s basketball team open up a two-game American Midwest Conference (AMC) road trip with a 71-56 win at Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) on Thursday night in St. Louis. Lyon picked up its second win in a row and improved to 10-6 (5-4 AMC), while HSSU dropped to 7-6 (3-5 AMC).
Harris-Stowe commanded the first part of the opening half, but it was all Lyon in the second 10 minutes. After a jumper by Corey Wells Jr. gave the Hornets an 18-10 lead, Lyon began to rally back and opened up the comeback with a bucket by Blake Bradshaw. Eric Moses and Antanas Krimelis accounted for the next 11 points for the Scots before Sabic got in on the action with a pair of free throws and gave Lyon a 28-23 lead with 4:18 left in the half. Lyon extended its lead to 11 late in the half on one of Sabic’s seven three-pointers, but HSSU answered with a three of its own to cut the deficit to eight at 39-31.
Lyon opened up the second half with a 6-2 after getting a basket each by Moses, Sabic and Ray Price to push its lead to double-digits. Harris-Stowe managed to trim the deficit to 59-51 with 5:53 left to play, but a three by Sabic opened up a 9-0 run for the Scots as the lead grew back to double-digits. The Scots took their largest lead of the game at 72-53 on a jumper by Moses with just under a minute to play as Lyon cruised the rest of the way.
Moses just missed recording another double-double on the season as he finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Bear Clarkson led the Hornets with a team-high 13 points.
The Scots will end their brief two-game road trip on Saturday at Lindenwood-Belleville at 3 p.m.
No. 18 Scots fall on the road at HSSU
For the first time in over a month, the 18th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team played away from Becknell Gymnasium. The Scots opened up their two-game road trip in an American Midwest Conference (AMC) battle at Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU). Both teams put on an offensive showcase throughout the game, but it was the Hornets who came out on top in the end, 75-72. Lyon fell to 12-3 (8-2 AMC) after the loss, while HSSU improved to 8-6 (5-4 AMC).
The scoreboard lit up early for the Scots and Hornets as a pair of free throws by Madison Riley made it a 13-9 game in favor of Lyon just five minutes into the game. Harris-Stowe came back and tied the score at 13-13 and again at 15-15 before a three-pointer by Ali Tucker gave the Scots an 18-15 lead. The Scots continued to hold their advantage until a jumper by HSSU’s Surina Finnie knotted up the score at 19-19 with just under 30 seconds left in the quarter. Harris-Stowe would add one final bucket just before the end of the quarter to take a 21-19 lead over the Scots.
Harris-Stowe controlled much of the second quarter as the Hornets used a 14-4 run over the first seven minutes to extend their lead to 35-23 over the Scots. Lyon would cut the deficit to single-digits with a quick, 5-0, run of its own after a bucket by Lizzie Allgood and a three by Liz Henderson, but the Hornets added another basket late on a layup by Jordan May to take a 37-28 advantage at the half.
After a fairly even third quarter by both teams as the Scots outscored the Hornets, 20-19, Lyon attempted a comeback in the final period. Lyon rallied back in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and tied the game at 58-58 with 7:26 left to play on another three by Henderson. The Hornets would eventually regain the lead at 68-62, only to see the Scots continue to chip away. Henderson started the rally with a pair of free throws before two buckets by Katie Turner and another score by Samantha French gave the Scots a 72-71 lead with just over 30 seconds remaining. The Hornets called a timeout to draw up a play and out of the break, got a bucket by Jordan May to overtake the lead at 73-72. HSSU forced two turnovers to hold their one-point advantage and extended its lead to three after a pair of free throws by Takesia Barnes. The Scots had one final chance to tie the game and had a good look at it, but the Hornets were able to hold on for the win.
Riley paced the Scots offensively with a team-high 21 points, while May finished with a game-high 23 points for the Hornets.
The Scots will end their brief two-game AMC road trip on Saturday at Lindenwood-Belleville. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m.
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