Lyon & WBC men eliminated in AMC Tournament Quarterfinals
Ark. (LyonScots.com) – Lyon College, a team that has lived by the three-point shot all
season long, ran into a squad that was red-hot from long-range Thursday
night, as the Benedictine
University at Springfield (Ill.) Bulldogs hit 62.5% (10-of-16) from
behind the arc and that was enough to end the Scots' season, 73-72, in
the AMC Postseason Tournament quarterfinal in James C. Becknell
Bulldogs (15-16), the No. 6-seed in the American Midwest Conference
Postseason Tournament, will advance to battle No. 8-ranked and 2nd-seeded
Freed-Hardeman University in one conference semifinal Saturday at 4 p.m. in Henderson, Tenn. FHU rolled past 10th-seeded Harris-Stowe on Thursday, 120-91.
In the other quarterfinal games on Thursday, No. 4-ranked and top-seeded Columbia topped 8th-seed William Woods, 79-65, and 4th-seeded
Park University went to overtime to eliminate 5th-seeded Williams Baptist, 79-75. Columbia will host Park Saturday at 4 p.m. in the other semifinal.
College entered Thursday's game as the top three-point shooting team in
the nation, hitting 44.9%, while also leading the nation in rebounds
allowed per game (28.7). But
those two areas hurt the Scots against the Bulldogs as Lyon converted
just 36.8% (7-of-19) from behind the arc, while BU outrebounded the
Scots, 31-24, as the Bulldogs posted 14 offensive rebounds in the game.
shot well from the field, converting 62.5% (15-of-24) in the second
half after leading 35-33 at the break. But the Bulldogs, who made 43.8%
(21-of-48) from the field for
the game, were also hot in the second half, hitting 10-of-18 (55.6%).
The Scots fell behind early, trailing 10-4 with 3:45 gone and 25-17 at the 8:38 mark of the first half.
But Lyon went on a 14-4 run in a span of 4:24 to take a two-point lead, 31-29, with 4:14 left in the half.
keeping the lead at the break, the Scots saw the ‘Dogs go on a 16-8 run
early in the second half to move ahead 49-43. Benedictine led by nine
on four different occasions
in the second half, the final time coming with 3:35 on the clock.
made one final run as senior Jordan Layrock (Paragould, Ark.) hit a
shot in the paint and junior Ben Worlow (Mountain Home, Ark.), who tied
his career high with 18 points,
hit a pair of buckets in the lane. The second came with 2:13 remaining.
increased the lead to five, but junior Devonte Young (Beebe, Ark.) made
1-of-2 free throws and Worlow tipped in a Layrock miss with 39 seconds
left to trim the deficit to
the Bulldogs were able to make 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute
to stretch the lead to four and Young's three-pointer at the buzzer cut
the deficit back to one.
who led all Lyon scorers, added five rebounds and a pair of assists,
while senior Stephon Martinez (Bonne Terre, Mo.) came off the bench to
sink 4-of-7 three-pointers
and finish with 14 points and three assists. He scored 12 of his points
in the first half.
Rickey Thomas (Little Rock, Ark.) also had double-figures off the
bench, with 13 points and three assists, while sophomore Riley Jenkins
scored 11 points and picked up
three steals and Young scored 10 points, led the Lyon rebounders with
eight and handed out four assists.
suffered with foul trouble most of his final game for Lyon and was held
to six points and three blocked shots. The career blocked shot
recorded-holder finished with a
total of 103 blocks to hold the new mark.
Smith paced Benedictine with 19 points, with 15 of those coming in the
second half. He made 6-of-10 shots from the field and 2-of-4 from
three-point territory. Nick Bennett
converted 10-of-12 from the line for 17 points, to go along with six
assists. Thomas Dillard scored 14 points and Myles Harvell finished with
Five different Bulldogs made at least one three-pointer in the game.
AMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE
MEN'S POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
Benedictine University 73, Lyon College 72
Freed-Hardeman University 120, Harris-Stowe State University 91
Columbia College 79, William Woods University 65
Park University 79, Williams Baptist College 75 (OT)