Lions Dealt an 85-74 Loss by Millersville

Millersville, Pa. - Joshua Davis (Saginaw, Mich./ Phoebus HS (Hampton, Va.)/Louisburg Junior College) recorded his second consecutive double-double but it was not enough as Millersville University relied on the long ball and handed Lincoln University an 85-74 loss at Pucillo Gymnasium in Millersville, Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon.
 
The loss drops the LU men's program to 0-6 on the season.   The Marauders improve to 3-1.
 
Davis was lone Lions player in double figures with 16 points (5-12 FG, 6-6 FT).  He also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to notch the double-double; his second in a row and third of the season.  The senior small forward also had a career-high five steals.  Vernon Young (Chicago, Ill./University of St. Mary) added nine points (3-6 FG, 3-3 FT) and six rebounds while Sean James (Newark, Del./Christiana HS) and Malachi Seney (Philadelphia, Pa./Harford Community College) also scored nine points.
 
Marcus Adkison led the Marauders with 31 points (11-20 FG, 9-17 3FG).  Conrad Chambers and Cordell Yarde II added 16 and 13 points respectively.
 
The Marauders shot a blazing 51.4% from beyond the arc on the afternoon, connecting on 18 of 35 shots.  'Ville was only 12 of 26 within the arc and finished the game shooting 30-61 (49.2%).  The Lions meanwhile only connected on six of their 15 three-point attempts (40%) and finished the game shooting 43.5% (27-32).
 
There were four ties and three lead changes in the first 7:28 of the game before Millersville ran off eight straight points to open up a 22-14 lead midway through the period. Three-balls from Seney and Jordan Watson (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) cut the margin back to two 22-20.  The Marauders still led by two 28-26 with 4:36 left before pushing the lead back to eight 39-31 with an 11-5 spurt to close out the half.
 
Millersville scored the first five points of the second half to push their lead into double figures 44-31.  Young's traditional three-point play narrowed the score back to eight 44-36.  The Marauders countered with a 14-6 run to up their lead to 16 at 58-42 with 14:19 left.  The lead remained.  Millersville's lead oscillated between 11 and 16 points and briefly hit 17 at 75-58 with eight minutes left before the Lions started to whittle away the large margin.
 
The Lions trailed by 15 79-64 with 5:50 left and embarked on a 10-1 run to close the gap to six at 80-74 with 3:30 left.  Highlighting the run was a pair of three-pointers from James.  Lincoln however would not score in their final four possessions as MU's Chambers scored the final five points of the game to provide the final margin of victory.
 
The Lions dominated on the glass 40-29 including a 14-7 spread on the offensive boards, leading to a 26-8 advantage in second chance points.  The Marauders countered by taking full advantage of any Lincoln turnovers (18 in all), leading to a 28-12 advantage in points scored off turnovers.  The Lions connected on twice as many free throws (14-16, 87.5%:  MU: 7-9, 77.8%) but were unable to overcome the Marauder's decided advantage beyond the arc and their ability to score off an LU turnover.
 
The Lincoln men's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, hosting University of the Sciences at Manuel Rivero Hall.  Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.