ROLLA, Mo. – A white-hot first half of shooting by Lincoln College put Missouri S&T's men's basketball team into a hole it was unable to dig out of Tuesday night, as the visiting Lynx upended the Miners 83-74 at Gibson Arena.
The Lynx scorched the nets in the first half at a tune of 59.4 percent, including making 10-of-15 from three-point range and led by as many as 23 points during the first 20 minutes of action. Lincoln College took its largest lead of the half on one of those 10 treys – one by Darnell Latham – with 3:24 to play in the half before S&T (2-6) went on an 11-0 run to close the half trailing 51-39.
S&T's run continued into the beginning of the second half, as the Miners scored the first nine points – all coming from Ervin Sarajlic (St. Louis, MO/Oakville) and Juwan Miller (Kitchener, Ont./Huron Heights) – to close the gap to three just three minutes into the period. However, the Lynx halted what ended up being a 20-0 Miner run by rattling off the next seven points to extend their lead back to 10 and putting S&T back into an uphill battle for the remainder of the contest.
The Miners drew back to within six with 8:36 left on a lay-in by Mitch Fairless (St. Charles, MO/Duchesne) and again about two minutes later on a basket by Sarajlic, but another 7-0 run by Lincoln College pushed the lead out to 13. S&T made one last run and got the difference down to five with 41 seconds to play on a short jumper by Miller, but Latham made four straight free throws to hold off the rally.
Miller had 19 points to lead the Miners and Jordan Newt (San Francisco, CA/Malibu) finished with 17, but S&T made just 37.7 percent of its shots from the floor and only seven-of-23 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Lynx ended the contest at 53.4 percent from the field and connected 11 times from long range.
Latham and Trayvon Taylor did most of the offensive damage for the Lynx (8-6), as they had 25 points apiece.
The Miners' next contest will take place on Dec. 17 when they face Northeastern State at 7 p.m. at Gibson Arena.