LINCOLN, IL — The Lincoln College Men’s Basketball team defeated the Eureka College JV at home on Tuesday evening 90-77 to push their season record to 10-0.
The team’s outstanding start to the season was recognized this week by the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball poll which has the Lynx ranked #2 in the nation among Division II colleges. LC moved up seven spots from preseason rankings that had the team at #9.
Lincoln College Coach Pat Lepper is pleased with the success his team has enjoyed so far. “It’s great to be recognized nationally for all of our hard work and performance,” said Lepper. “Our guys have bought in and worked to together well as a team which has resulted in a strong start to the year.”
Against Eureka, the Lynx lead by 15 at halftime (47-32) and were able to extend that lead to as many as 25 in the second half. Some intense defensive pressure put on by LC lead to a huge turnover advantage. Lincoln forced 26 turnovers in the game while only giving the ball up five times to their opponents.
Lincoln used a balanced offensive attack against EC that saw five players score in double digits. Sophomore guard Trayvon Tyler (Rockford) led the team in scoring with 19 points going 6 for 12 from the field with five of those buckets coming from three-point range. Washington High School grad Louis Griffin was next in scoring with 17 points. Griffin also had three steals and three assists. Freshman Edwin Rivera (Puerto Rico) turned in a solid all-around performance by grabbing a team-high seven rebounds, scoring 13 points and was credited with three assists.
“Our starters did a nice job of setting the tone early and keeping the pace of the game under our control,” said Coach Lepper. “They all worked hard and played at a high level throughout the game.”
LC will be at home again on December 7th to take on Blackhawk College at 6:30 pm.