Men’s Basketball Earns Key Win over STLCOP, 76-64
The Lyon College men’s basketball team remains in the hunt for a top-four seed in the AMC Championship following a 76-64 win over STLCOP
The Lyon College men’s basketball team remains in the hunt for a top-four seed in the American Midwest Conference Championship following a 76-64 win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Thursday night inside Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots improved to 18-11 (13-8 AMC), which marks the most wins in the regular season since 1983-84. STLCOP dropped to 5-22 (3-18 AMC).
Lyon jumped out to an early 11-4 lead after a three-pointer by Dominique Loyd five minutes into the contest. STLCOP responded with a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to take a 14-13 lead before Lyon answered back with a 16-3 run, which was capped off by a jumper by Faris Verlasevic, that gave the Scots a 29-17 advantage.
The Scots extended their lead to 16 late in the first half as a three-point play by Hunter Daley gave Lyon a 42-26 advantage at the break.
A layup by Ray Price pushed the Scots lead to 57-33 in the opening minutes of the second half. The Scots continued to hold a 20-plus point advantage over the Eutectics much of the half until Jordan Anderson knocked down a pair of free throws that trimmed the deficit to 65-46. A pair of free throws by Cole Anderson pushed the lead back up to 21 with just over eight minutes remaining. STLCOP managed to pull back within 12 in the final seconds, but the Scots already put the game out of reach.
Four Scots finished in double figures in scoring, led by Daley’s team-high 17 points. Verlasevic scored 16 points off the bench, while Price and Anderson chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Scots will end their regular season on Saturday afternoon in another key AMC matchup. Lyon will host Columbia College at 3 p.m. inside Becknell Gymnasium. The Scots can clinch the No. 4-seed in the AMC Championship with a win over the Cougars and a loss by Harris-Stowe against Freed-Hardeman.
No. 11 Scots Clinch First AMC Title Since 2015-16
The Lyon College women’s basketball team earned its first American Midwest Conference Regular-Season title since the 2015-16 season
Entering Thursday night’s game against St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the magic number was down to one for the 11th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team to clinch the American Midwest Conference Regular-Season title. The Scots took matters into their own hands and earned their first AMC title since the 2015-16 season with a 76-40 victory over the Eutectics inside Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots improved to 26-2 (22-1 AMC) and tied the 2015-16 team for the most conference wins in program history. STLCOP fell to 8-20 (5-18 AMC) with the loss.
It was all Lyon right from the start as a three-point play by Madison Riley put the Scots up 10-3 midway through the first quarter. STLCOP answered back with a three-pointer by Gabrielle Morgan before Riley knocked down a triple of her own to push the lead back up to seven. Grace Beyer added a pair of free throws for the Eutectics as the Scots led, 13-8, after the first quarter.
STLCOP pulled back within four points with just over three minutes left in the second quarter before the Scots ended the period on a 10-1 run to take a 31-18 lead at the half.
The Scots took full control of the game and outscored the Eutectics, 20-4, in the third quarter to extend their lead to 51-22.
The Scots’ lead grew to as many as 37 in the fourth quarter following a pair of free throws by Riley with just under four minutes remaining. STLCOP knocked down a pair of three-pointers around a bucket by Klaudija Bacovic for the Scots before Madi Pierce sank a triple to give the Scots the 36-point win.
Riley led the Scots with a game-high 16 points, while Marleigh Dodson added 15 points off the bench.
Lyon will host its final game of the regular season on Saturday as the Scots take on No. 15 Columbia College at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. The Scots will honor their two seniors – Liz Henderson and Madison Riley – following Saturday’s game as part of the Senior Day recognition.