Monday, November 21, 2016

Lincoln Blue Tigers Win The Battle of the LU's, 78-65

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Anthony Virdure scored a game-high 25 points, Jaylon Smith recorded his second double-double of the season and Richie Lewis added 17 points as the Lincoln men's basketball team beat Langston, 78-65, to win the Battle of the LU's on Saturday (Nov. 19).

Smith scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished four assists and tallied three steals for the Blue Tigers. Virdure pulled down five rebounds, dropped two dimes and had a steal while Lewis recorded three assists and a pair of steals.

Lincoln (3-1) shot .500 from the floor and .538 from three-point range in the first half en route to a 46-24 halftime lead. Langston (4-2) opened the second half with a 13-3 run to pull within 12 of the Blue Tigers, but that ended up being as close to a comeback as the Lions would muster. Tacourrus Mattox ended the run with a jumper, O'Shai Clark followed with a layup and Virdure later drained a three to put Lincoln back up by 24.

The Blue Tigers out-rebounded the Lions, 39-32, and finished with a slight 16-17 advantage in turnovers. Lincoln grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, which it converted into 21 second-chance points, and finished with a 38-22 advantage in points in the paint.

Clark was second on the squad with six rebounds to go with two points, a pair of assists, a block and three steals. Maurice Mason blocked two shots and had a steal while scoring five points and grabbing three boards. Mattox added five points to the Lincoln cause and had an assist.

Darrius Spencer closed out the scoring with four points and two boards. Alexander Nailes grabbed three rebounds, Rod Ollison pulled down five boards and Deionte Wilson finished with one rebound. Kevin Bolen and Chase Morfeld also represented the Blue Tigers on the court.

Up next for Lincoln is a road game at McKendree on Tuesday (Nov. 22). Tip-off for that game in Lebanon, Ill. is set for 7:00 p.m. CST.


Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

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