Emir Sabic tied his season-high of 27 points to lead all scorers, as the Lyon College men’s basketball team shot past Williams Baptist College (WBC), 76-56, in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) “Game of the Week” inside Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon evened its regular-season record to 7-7 and improved to 4-2 in the AMC with the win. Williams Baptist dropped to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the AMC.
The two teams came out evenly matched in the early minutes of the game as neither team led by more than three points in the first seven minutes. A pair of three-pointers by Sabic and two free-throws by Tyler Robinson broke the trend and gave the Scots a 24-17 advantage.
After a quick, 7-0, run by the Eagles knotted the score at 24-24, Lyon College answered back with an 11-4 run to close the half as Eric Moses and Sabic combined for all 11 points.
The Scots continued their hot shooting to open up the second half. After a three-pointer by Justas Narusas, Moses connected on back-to-back jumpers to give the Scots a 10-point lead at 46-36.
WBC cut the deficit down to single-digits on a pair of occasions, but the Eagles did not have an answer to slow down the Scots offensively. The Scots continued to hit shots from beyond the arc to extend their lead as Sabic sank three more three-pointers, while Narusas knocked down a three on back-to-back possessions to give the Scots a 67-49 advantage with 4:24 left in the game.
Robinson gave the Scots their largest lead of the game at 75-51 with a layup, as the Scots cruised to the 20-point victory.
“I’m really proud of these guys for what they did tonight and what they’ve done this first semester,” said Lyon College head men’s basketball coach Chad Tapp. “There’s a lot of character moments in the athletic experience that they’ve had for the first couple months of the season. To start 0-6 and now be 7-7 is a huge character deal. They haven’t quit, stayed with it, stayed with each other, and they’ve gotten better.”
“There were a lot of character moments tonight too. Tyler Robinson wasn’t feeling really well. We weren’t sure if he was even going to be able to play. He didn’t want to let his teammates down and came out there and stepped up big for us tonight. That says a lot about him and what kind of teammate he is,” continued Tapp.
“I’m really proud of these guys. We have a tough week next week, but we just have to keep building.”
– Moses and Robinson finished in double-digits scoring as the pair finished with 19 and 16 points, respectively.
– Moses finished with a team-high seven rebounds.
– As a team, the Scots shot 52 percent from the field (29-of56), and held WBC to just 33 percent shooting (17-of-52).
– Lyon College shot 53 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-19), with Sabic draining seven of the team’s 10 three-pointers.
The Scots will prepare for a tough three-game AMC road trip next week. The Scots will open up the week on Tuesday at Central Baptist. The Mustangs are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Scots will then travel to No. 6 Columbia College on Thursday. Lyon will conclude the week on Saturday at William Woods.
Report via the Lyon College Athletics Department