Young Leads Lions Rally to Defeat Devils and Earn Team's First Win of Season

Vernon Young (Chicago, Ill./University of St. Mary) sank a three-point field goal with 2:18 remaining, giving the Lincoln University men's basketball team their first lead of the second half as the Lions rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat  the University of the Sciences 59-54 in front of a vocal crowd at Manuel Rivero Hall Tuesday night.

The win was the Lions first of the season and the first collegiate victory as a head coach for LU mentor Doug Overton.  Overton, a Big 5 Hall of Famer and former La Salle University great, took over as head coach of the program late last spring.  Lincoln is now 1-6 on the season.  The Devils dropped their seventh straight game, falling to 1-7 on the year as Coach Dave Pauley's squad continues to struggle closing out games.

Young led the Lions with 16 points, shooting 5-9 from the field and a sizzling 4-5 from three-point range.  Joshua Davis(Saginaw, MI/Louisburg Junior College) added 15 points (7-11 FG) and Jordan Watson (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) chipped in 11.  Davis had a game-high five assists while Carl Lane (Easthampton, N.J/Southeastern Community College) paced Lincoln with seven rebounds.

Will Gregorits led all scorers with 22 points (11-16 FG).  Jon McGill added 13 points while Brendan Crawford led all players with eight rebounds.

The Lions whittled away at a 10-point Devils lead early in the second half, cutting the margin to three on two occasions, the last at 41-38 before Gregorits made three straight layups to push their lead to nine 47-38 with 9:02 left in the game.  Jordan Watson (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) then sank a basket that started a 16-5 uprising that ended with Young's 3-ball.

After Watson brought the score to 47-40, Lincoln forced a turnover and Young made the Devils pay with his third three-pointer of the game, cutting the lead to 47-43. A Davis layup followed and the lions were within two 47-45.  With the Devils still leading 51-47 and just five minutes remaining Davis swiped the ball from Crawford and took the ball all the way for an emphatic slam dunk, bring the crowd to their feet and the lions within two 51-49.  JJ Melchior went 1-2 from the line to up the lead to three 52-49.  Young pulled the lions within one 52-51 with a pair of free throws with 3:35 left and after holding the Devils scoreless for two straight possessions, Young sank the go-ahead basket.  Watson added a layup and two free throws, giving Lincoln nine straight points after the Melchior free throw and a six point lead with just nine second remaining.  Khayyir Laws (Chester, Pa./Delaware County Community College) sank one free throw which capped what turned out to be a 21-7 run over the final nine minutes to secure the win.

The Devils had the better shooting percentage shooting 46.9% (23-49) while Lincoln shot just 36.8% (21-57).  Lincoln made just seven of 28 three point attempts (25%) while the Devils made four (of 10, 40%).  The Lions more than doubled up the Devils on the free throw line, connecting on 10 of 13 (USci:  4-6).  USciences also held a 37 29 advantage on the glass while the Lions took advantage of 15 Devil turnovers, leading to a 22-8 advantage in the points off turnovers category. 

The Lions are off for first semester final exams and will return to action on Saturday, December 10, 2016 when they host Goldey-Beacom College.  Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.