Lions Defeat Vikings in Overtime, Win Third-Straight Men's Basketball Game

Lincoln, PA - Five players scored in double figures as the Lincoln University men's basketball team rallied for a ten point second half deficit to defeat Elizabeth city State University 84-79 in overtime Wednesday night at Manuel Rivero Hall.
The Lions, winners of three straight games, are now 6-11 overall and 5-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) games.  Elizabeth City falls to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in league play.
Joshua Davis (Saginaw, MI/Louisburg Junior College) led the Lions with 20 points and 10 rebounds, recording his second consecutive double-double and fifth on the season.  Sean James (Newark, Del./Iona College) added a career high 18 points while Khayyir Laws (Chester, Pa./Delaware County Community College) chipped in 13 and a game high five assists.  Carlton Allen (Trenton, N.J./Manhattan College) finished the game with 11 points and nine rebounds and James Richardson (Jersey City, N.J./Raritan Valley Community College) added 10 points.
The Vikings placed four in double figures led by John Maynor's 22 points. Elon Edwards added 18 points while Shyhied Petteway chipped in 14.  Jordan Jones had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.  Tiorean Land led the team with five assists.
It was James who provided the big spark in the overtime period, scoring seven of the team's 15 points including a long NBA-range three point shot as the shot clock was expiring with 2:25 left to give the Lions a five point lead 77-72 and take much of the momentum away from the upstart Vikings.  After two ECSU free throws closed the gap to three, layups from Richardson and Davis push the Lions lead to seven, their biggest since the first half.  Edwards drained a three to cut Lincoln's lead to three at 82-79 with 21 seconds left but Allen sank two free throws with 18 seconds left to seal the win.

The Vikings used an extended 13-3 run that covered the end of the first half and into the second to take a ten point lead early in the final stanza and still led by ten at the under-15 media timeout.    After the timeout the Lions came out roaring, using an 11-1 run to close the gap to one 50-49 with 10:50 left.  ECSU pushed the lead back to six before another rally, this one a 12-6 effort tied the game at 62-62 with 6:08 left in regulation.  Ninety seconds later, Davis made a layup and was fouled.  He completed the traditional three-point play to give Lincoln their first lead since the 3:40 mark of the first half, 65-64.    Maynor's 3-ball put the Vikings back up by two before a pair of lion layups again gave the home team the lead 69-67 with 2:33 to play.   Edwards tied it with a layup at the 2:23 mark.  The Vikings had a chance to win in it the final seconds but Allen put a stop to that with a huge block of Maynor's jumper with four seconds left.  Richardson had a last second shot but it would not fall, sending the game to the extra period.
An early ECSU lead in the opening minutes of play turned into a double digit advantage for the Lions, courtesy of a 21-7 uprising which gave Lincoln their biggest lead at 24-13.  The Vikings countered with a 17-4 spurt to take the lead at 30-28 and extended their margin to seven points by the break on a three-point half court buzzer beater by Edwards.
The two teams shot fairly well from the field with the Vikings holding a slight 46.9% (30-64) advantage over the Lions (28-62, 45.2%).  ECSU doubled up the lions with 10 three-point field goals to LU's five but the Lions held a decisive 23-9 advantage at the free throw line.   The Lions also outrebounded the Vikings 46-38 and committed one fewer turnover (15-16).  Lincoln's bench outscored ECSU's 67-12 in the game.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, January 21, 2016 when they travel to Richmond, Virginia to take on Virginia Union University.   Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m.