Jacobby Anderson knocked down a three-pointer as time expired and the Lindenwood University–Belleville men’s basketball team took down the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Freed–Hardeman University Lions. This marked the first time in school history that the Lynx have taken on and defeated a number one-ranked team.
Head Coach Scott Spinner talked about what this win meant for the team and the men’s basketball program as a whole.
“The boys played really hard, and we are so proud of them,” Spinner said. “This is a great win for our program. We drew up a play that we have drilled so much in practice just for this moment. We executed it perfectly, and we are really excited about it.”
The Lynx held a lead most of the first half. Lawson Warren connected on a free throw to give the Lynx a seven point lead with 5:02 left in the half. The Lions would come right back and end the half on a 20-10 run to take a 45-42 lead at the break.
The second half saw the lead get traded back and forth, and the score would be tied at 57 with 13 minutes left in the game. The Lynx went on an 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, but the Lions went on an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game up for the sixth time.
Orland Bass converted a three-pointer for the Lions to tie the game at 75 with just over two minutes left. The Lions would take the lead with under 30 seconds left after Kyle Teichmann connected on a jumper. On the Lynx final possession, they drew a play up for Jacobby Anderson and he did not disappoint, making the three-pointer as time expired. The final score was 78-77.
Spinner said that win is significant on a national scale.
“It was a great win for our program; the boys deserve it, and we told them that they have raised the bar and our expectations are what we saw tonight,” stated Spinner. “We understand this is one game, but we hope that we have gotten ourselves noticed a little bit. We feel like we have been flying under the radar on a national scene because we slipped up in a game or two, but now we hope people start to take notice.”
With the win, the Lynx move to 16-7 on the season and pick up their fifth straight victory, while the Lions fall to 17-1. The Lions were the lone undefeated team left in the NAIA.
The Lynx will host the Lions on February 11, setting up a very exciting rematch.
“We know it is going to be a tough game,” said Spinner. “They were the number-one team in the country for a reason, and I believe they are the deepest team in the country. We know it is going to be a challenge, and we welcome the challenge. It is going to be just as tough next time.”