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home : sports : sports December 02, 2016

12/9/2013 11:57:00 AM
Statesmen lose shootout on road to Lake Land in GRAC play, 91-89
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

For the third time in their last four games, Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team scored at least 89 points.

Unfortunately, 89 was not enough points to get the Statesmen in the win column Wednesay night, as they fell short to 25th-ranked Lake Land College in a 91-89 shootout in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Statesmen and handed them their first loss in conference play.

Lincoln Trail had a solid offensive showing in the first half, but struggled on the defensive end, resulting in a 54-43 halftime deficit.

The Statesmen were hot from three-point range early, as they made eight long-range baskets in the first 20 minutes. That marksmanship helped them build a 31-20 lead, but Lake Land responded with a 15-4 run to even the score at 35-35. Lake Land followed that up with a 17-5 run to build a 52-40 lead on their way to an 11-point halftime lead.

More long-range shots and some Lake Land turnovers led a 17-6 LTC charge that saw them even the score at 60-60 and the game remained tight the rest of the way.

Lincoln Trail tied the game again at 79-79 and took their final lead of the game, 88-86 on a three-pointer by Jake Newton with about a minute to go, but Lake Land's Harold McBride, Jr. answered with a three-pointer of his own to put the Warriors back in front, 89-88. Jesse Tesmer would hit a free throw on LTC's next possession to tie the game at 89-89, but McBride would make a free throw with 9.3 seconds left to put Lake Land back on top by one.

Dennis Hightower's shot from close-range rimmed out in the final seconds, while Lake Land added another free throw to seal the win.

Five players reached double figures for LTC, led by Newton with 27 points. He drained seven three-pointers in the game, including four in the first half, when he scored 16 points. Hightower tossed in 15 points, Caleb Begle netted 13 points, including three three-pointers and Jesse Tesmer and Jason Smith scored 12 points apiece. Nick Painter added eight points for the Statesmen and Tyler Alexander had two.

McBride, Jr. led four players in double figures for Lake Land with 27 points, 19 of which came in the first half. KeWan Davis posted 20 points, including a 10-10 effort at the free throw line, Joshua Caldwell scored 13 points and LeJavius Johnson tossed in 12.



At Mattoon

Lincoln Trail College 43 46 - 89

Lake Land College 54 37 - 91



LINCOLN TRAIL (89)

Tyler Alexander 0 2-4 2, Mike Brown 0 0-0 0, Reggie Anderson 0 0-0 0, Caleb Begle 5 0-0 13, Jason Smith 3 4-5 12, Larry Johnson 0 0-0 0, Jacob Duncan 0 0-0 0, Dennis Hightower 6 3-7 15, Nick Painter 3 2-3 8, Jake Newton 9 2-2 27, John Bootz 0 0-0 0, Jesse Tesmer 4 4-6 12, TOTALS 30 FG, 17-27 FT, 89 TP.

LAKE LAND (91)

Michael Lang 1 1-2 3, Jared Drew 2 1-2 6, LeJavius Johnson 3 5-7 12, DeMario McMillian 2 0-0 4, Harold McBride, Jr. 8 7-8 27, Matthew McIntosh 0 0-2 0, KeWan Davis 5 10-10 20, Joshua Caldwell 5 3-4 13, Davon Akins 3 0-1 6, Tahlib Swan 0 0-0 0, TOTALS 29 FG, 27-36 FT, 91 TP.

3-point goals - Newton 7, Begle 3, Smith 2, McBride, Jr. 4, Drew, Johnson.

Turnovers - LTC 10, LLC 16. Team fouls - LTC 24, LLC 23. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none.







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