by Lions Sports Information Department
Richmond, VA - Sean James (Newark, Del./Iona College) three-point shot fell short at the buzzer as Virginia Union University hung on to defeat the Lincoln University men's basketball team 77-75 in a double overtime thriller at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Virginia Saturday afternoon.
The Lions have their three game winning streak snapped with the loss and fall to 6-12 overall and 5-4 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association games. The Panthers improve to 15-5 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Joshua Davis (Saginaw, MI/Louisburg Junior College) led four Lions in double figures with 14 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his third consecutive double-double. James added 13 points while Tracey Nelson (Waldorf, Md./Maryland Eastern Shore) and Malachi Seney (Philadelphia, Pa./Harford Community College) chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively.
Ray Anderson led the Panthers with 21 points. Kory Cooley added 15 and Tavon Mealy 14. John Mitchell had 14 rebounds to lead all players.
The Lions trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half before closing the gap to three by the break at 33-30. A Davis jumper at the 12:34 mark of the second half gave the Lions their first lead of the game at 45-44. The lead would change hands seven more times before VUU's John Mitchell tipped in a shot at the buzzer to tie the game and force overtime
The Lions built a five-point lead in the overtime period, capped by a Seney three-pointer with 1:27 left but were unable to take care of the ball and the Panthers took advantage of four straight turnovers and scored the final five points of the overtime to force a second extra period.
Blair Davis (Baltimore Md./Baltimore City College HS) took over the first half of the second overtime period, scoring seven of his nine points in the first 2:19, staking the Lions to a three-point lead 75-72. There were no turnovers this time but the Lions fouled on each of the Panthers next three possessions. VUU made both free throws on their first two trips to the foul line, taking a one point lead. Anderson went 1-2 at the line with 15 seconds remaining, giving the Panthers a two-point lead and the Lions one last chance to tie or win the game. After advancing the ball to the front court and calling a timeout, Lincoln had 6.7 seconds left to execute a play for a crucial basket. This time the shot would not fall as James launched a three-pointer from the left side that fell short and the Panthers hung on to win.
Lincoln finished the game shooting 41.3% (26-63) from the field and 13-18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. The Panthers made 44.6% (29-65) of their shots from the field and 16-23 (69%) from the free throw line. The Panthers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Lions 49-31, including a 20-10 advantage on the offensive glass, leading to a 22-11 margin in the second chance points category. Lincoln committed six fewer turnovers (18-24) and scored 32 points off the Panthers miscues.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 when they travel to Murfreesboro, North Carolina to take on the Hawks of Chowan University.