Men’s basketball loses for first time inside the MIAA

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Phil Scherer | Legacy Managing Editor
Dec. 14, 2015; 10:30 p.m.

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Lindenwood’s head coach Lance Randall walks the sideline as he watches his team play defense against Lincoln. The two teams face in early December at the Hyland Arena.
Photo by Carly Fristoe

For the first time since conference play began, the Lindenwood men’s basketball team was handed a loss, 66-59 at the hands of Central Oklahoma.

In what is becoming the routine for this team, Cory Arentsen starred offensively in the losing effort, scoring 26 points and knocking down five three-point baskets. For the second game in a row, he outscored the rest of the team combined.

Central Oklahoma entered halftime with a four point lead, and was able to maintain the advantage throughout the second half. The Lions crept within two points, at 53-51, midway through the second half on an Arentsen three-pointer, but the rally quickly fell apart.

The Lions appear to be limited offensively in the absence of starting point guard Brad Newman, who has missed the previous two games due to injury. His replacement, Nick Van Osdale, has contributed just four points in each of his two starts.

Outside of Arentsen, the only Lion to score more than four points was Stanislas Heili, who scored 14 points and added nine rebounds.

The Lions will get back to action on Friday, Dec. 18, as they take on Missouri Western State at the Hyland Arena.