FULTON, Mo. – The Lyon College men’s basketball team raced out to a 9-0 lead and would not relinquish that advantage the rest of the way as the Scots closed out their three-game road trip with a 61-52 win at William Woods on Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the college’s athletic department.
Lyon College improved to 9-8, 6-3 American Midwest Conference (AMC) with the win, and currently sits in fourth place in the conference standings. William Woods fell to 8-9, 5-4 AMC, and dropped into a tie for sixth in the standings.
Lyon came out firing on all cylinders to open up the game. The Scots raced out to a 9-0 lead, which was started by a basket from Eric Moses and finished by a three-pointer from Antanas Krimelis. It took over six minutes until the Owls finally put a number up on the scoreboard, as Brandon Vice hit on a pair of free-throws at 13:58. The Scots continued to control the tempo of the game and extended their lead to 26-16 after a three-pointer from Emir Sabic with 5:33 left in the half.
The Scots got one final basket from Tyler Robinson that was answered by a three-pointer from Brian Enriquez, as Lyon took a 28-19 lead into the half.
William Woods opened up the second half with four straight points after a free-throw from Makenzie Fessler and a three-pointer by DaShaun Stark to pull within five points at 28-23. Lyon found its rhythm again offensively as Robinson got the Scots rolling with a jumper. Justas Narusas and Robinson then scored a basket each before a three-pointer by Spencer Brown extended the Lyon College advantage to 37-23 with 16 minutes remaining.
The Owls responded with an 11-4 run during the middle of the second half to trim the deficit to seven points at 41-34 after a jumper from Darrien Dickey, but Sabic pushed the Scots’ lead back to double-digits with another three.
The Owls turned to Dickey and Stark to find their way back into the game. After six points from Dickey and two more from Stark, William Woods found themselves within two points at 54-52 with 1:30 left to play. Moses connected on a clutch three-pointer to bring the score to a two-possession game at 57-52. Chave Zackery and Brown sealed the victory for the Scots with a pair of free-throws each in the final seconds of the game.
– Robinson led the Scots with a team-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Sabic chipped in 14 points.
– Moses grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
– As a team, the Scots shot 48-percent from the field (23-of-48) and limited the Owls to just 33-percent shooting (14-of-43).
– The Scots saw a lot of production from their bench and outscored the Owls, 28-7.
The Scots will return to Becknell Gymnasium for a pair of conference games next week. The Scots will host Lindenwood-Belleville on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Harris-Stowe on Saturday at 3 p.m.