Men’s basketball earns first conference win in overtime


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Junior guard Jacoby Ross looks for a teammate to pass to while being defended by Quincy’s Nate Shockey in a matchup against the Hawks on Dec. 2.

Joshua Robinson, Sports Editor

The men’s basketball team came away with a win in an overtime-thriller to beat Quincy 91-87 on Thursday. 

The Lions struggled with shooting in the first half, only shooting 13-30 from the field. Junior guard Kevin Caldwell Jr. scored nine points in the first half. 

Lindenwood got off to a strong start in the second half. Senior forward Romelo Burrell, senior forward Brandon Suggs, and senior guard Jacoby Ross scored seven points combined to tie the game up with 18 minutes left. 

Both teams traded shots back-and-forth, keeping the game close. The Lions struggled to gain rebounds, causing them to trail by eight with six minutes left in the game. 

After a layup by Caldwell, Burrell followed with a block that led to Caldwell scoring another layup, decreasing the lead to five. The Lions continued to struggle rebounding with less than two minutes left in the game. 

Junior guard Brandon Trimble hit a three to keep the game alive. After Quincy scored, Suggs scored on a layup and drew a foul to go to the free throw line. 

Burrell made two free throws to tie the game up with 20 seconds left in the game. After Quincy attempted to steal the game away, Trimble drew a foul and made two free throws before the buzzer to take the game to overtime. 

Ross drained a three-pointer to give the Lions a two-point lead. Quincy attempted to tie the game again, but Burrell kept the Lions ahead with a jump shot. 

Ross racked up 24 points and two assists. Caldwell and Burrell both scored 21 points each. 

The Lions will host the University of Missouri St. Louis on Saturday at 3 p.m.