JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Playing shorthanded for the second straight game, Missouri S&T hung in the contest with Lincoln for the first 11 minutes before a big Blue Tiger run allowed the hosts to break loose and eventually take an 88-51 decision Tuesday night at Jason Gymnasium.
Lincoln used an 18-0 run in the opening half to break open what had been a close contest and send the Miners to their second defeat in as many contests.
The Miners trailed 10-9 following baskets by Sebastian Ferenc (Zgierz, Poland/) – making his first appearance for the Miners this season – and a three-pointer by Greg Lahm (St. Louis, MO/Lindbergh) nearly five minutes into the first half and still trailed by just three at 24-21 after a lay-in by Romain Louiserre (La Ferte Alais, France/Fredrick Fays) at the 8:45 mark.
However, the Miners went ice cold at that point, as they missed their next eight shots from the floor and committed turnovers on two other possessions. In the meantime, the Blue Tigers rattled off 18 straight points to build a 21-point lead before Ferenc scored to halt the run.
Lincoln (2-1) led 51-23 at halftime as it shot 58.8 percent from the floor and connected seven times from three-point land, while the Miners hit just 9-of-30 (30 percent) from the field. Missouri S&T finished the night at 33.3 percent from the floor after hitting 37 percent in the second half.
Ervin Sarajlic (St. Louis, MO/Oakville) led the Miner s with 17 points, while Louiserre was also in double figures with 10.
Lincoln, who ended up at 55.7 percent from the floor and held a 16-rebound advantage, got 25 points from John Burton and 24 from Amoriontez Ivory.
The Miners will return to their home floor Saturday to host Robert Morris-Peoria in a 3 p.m. contest.