LINCOLN, IL – A furious second half comeback after a 15 point halftime deficit wasn't enough for the Lincoln Christian University (LCU) men's basketball team to get over the hump against the visiting Moody Bible Institute (MBI) Archers Saturday in the Laughlin Center.
Moody scored at will for most of the contest, shooting 60 percent from the field in the game, including 57 percent from three.
"Our defense today was terrible," LCU Associate Head Brady Cremeens said after the game. "We can't allow a team to get open looks all night and shoot that well from the floor and expect to win. It's an uphill battle even if our offense is clicking. It comes down to effort and applying what we work on in practice to game situations. We didn't do that at all today."
At times the LCU offense fired on all cylinders. Zach Thompson (SO/Normal, IL) was one of four Red Lions in double figures. He led the way with 23, followed by Brode Hopkins (SO/Hartsburg, IL) with 14 and 11 from both Andrew Gifford (SO/Fairfield, IL) and Garrett Aeilts (FR/Lincoln, IL).
The Red Lions lost the rebounding battle 38-23. The loss brings LCU's season record to 4-13.
Moments that Mattered
LCU came out of the halftime break strong, closing a 15 point gap to 10 in 90 seconds and forcing a Moody timeout. However, the home team found itself down 21 with 11 minutes to go in the game.
In the span of six minutes, the Red Lions went on a 24-3 run and tied the game at 69, capping the run with back-to-back made threes from Hopkins and Thompson. Moody stopped the bleeding there, though, and answered with six straight points. From there it was a free throw contest, and the Archers pulled out a seven point win.
Player of the Game
Thompson, whose 23 points is right at his season average. He also added five assists against no turnovers, and grabbed five boards.
The boys head to Louisville, KY to face Boyce College on Monday. The game starts at 3 p.m.