Washington was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line to lead the Lions with 23 points. Kenny Sharpe (Chester, Pa./Elite Academy) had 17 points, including nine free throws. George Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor HS) finished with nine points as Lincoln shot 40 percent (18-of-45).
The Lions (12-8 overall, 5-6 CIAA, 3-2 CIAA North) opened the game with a 10-4 advantage after a free throw by Washington with 13:04 remaining, but the Trojans battled back and kept the game close throughout the first half as Lincoln took a 24-23 lead into the break.
Lincoln broke open a close game by grabbing a 35-29 lead after a Washington bucket with 14:10 remaining and used a 21-16 run during the next 12 minutes to take a 56-45 advantage after a pair of free throws by George Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor HS).
The Trojans (10-10, 5-6, 3-2) tried to rally during the final two minutes, but the Lions got free throws down the stretch by Sharpe, Washington and George Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor HS) to seal the victory.
John Holleman led the way for Virginia State with 15 points. Kenny Mitchell and James Vann each had 11 points as the Trojans were 22-of-54 shooting for 41 percent.
Lincoln resumes play with a non-conference game 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Wilmington, Del., against Goldey-Beacom College. To follow the contest through live stats, click here or watch through live video by clicking here.
Lions Notebook: Lincoln improved to 8-3 on the road this season and has two road games remaining on the schedule (Feb. 6 at Goldey-Beacom and Feb. 13 at Elizabeth City State)…The Lions won for the first time at Daniel Gymnasium since becoming a member of NCAA Division II…Derrick Washington (Washington, D.C./Coolidge SHS) finished one point shy of tying his career-high of 24 points, which came against Virginia State on Feb. 2, 2012…The Lions were 7-of-15 from behind the 3-point line (Derrick Washington (Washington, D.C./Coolidge SHS) (3), Kenny Sharpe (Chester, Pa./Elite Academy) (2), Beloved Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Princeton Day Academy) (1) and George Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor HS) (1))…Lincoln finished with 30 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocked shots.
By Brian Howard, Sports Information and Media Specialist
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA