Salem, W.Va. – The Lynn University men's basketball team erased a 10-point deficit late in the second half on Saturday afternoon to pick up a 64-62 neutral-site victory over Lincoln (Pa.) at the Salem University Joe Manchin Classic. Randy Bell led all scorers with 21 points, including 11 points in the final five minutes of the contest.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final: Lynn 64, Lincoln (Pa.) 62
Records: Lynn 3-4, Lincoln (Pa.) 5-3
Series History: First meeting
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STATS OF THE GAME
- Bell's 21 points were his second-most in a game this season. He added a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists—both season high totals for the transfer.
- Michael Baez chipped in with a season-high 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, adding seven rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
- Brandon Bornelus totaled eight points in 27 minutes, while Rasheed Worrell added six points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
- Lincoln's Cameron Campbell led his team with 14 points, but fouled out with his team trailing by one point with just more than one minute to play.
- Lynn won the turnover battle 17-10, though Lincoln controlled the glass by a 38-31 margin.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Lynn held a lead late into the first half, but a pair of Lincoln free throws with 1:22 to play in the opening 20 minutes gave the Lions a lead they held onto until the final two minutes the game.
- Bell and Baez scored a combined 15 of Lynn's final 16 points in the final minutes of the game.
- The 10-point comeback was Lynn's largest of the season.
- The matchup was the first of four neutral-site games for Lynn and one of six games in December away from its home court. The Fighting Knights do not have a home game in the month of December.
The Fighting Knights are back on the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 9, when they close out their trip to West Virginia with a battle against King (Tenn.). Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.