ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Northeastern State men’s basketball team defeated Lindenwood 83-74 Saturday afternoon inside Hyland Arena in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association contest.
The RiverHawks (7-2, 2-0 MIAA) were led by a sensational performance from senior point guard Bryton Hobbs, who dropped a career-high 36 points. The St. Louis, Mo., native, playing in front of his family and friends, shot 10-of-17 from the field, 5-of-8 from downtown and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. He also added seven assists and three rebounds, playing the entire 40 minutes of the game.
Junior forwards Curtis Evans (12) and Landon DeMasters (10) contributed 22 points to the winning effort.
The Lions (5-5, 1-1 MIAA) suffered just their second home loss of the season and were unable to slow down Hobbs. Darris Smith led Lindenwood with 14 points, while Michael Boos and Tyler Ressel added 13 each and Barrett Reeg chipped in 11.
NSU shot 57 percent (26-for-46) from the field, 42 percent (8-for-19) from behind the arc and 85 percent (23-for-27) at the charity stripe. The Lions shot 44 percent (27-for-62) from the field, 25 percent (5-for-20) from downtown and 83 percent (15-for-18) at the line.
The RiverHawks used a 9-2 run early to find an 18-10 lead midway through the first half, and they were able to keep that margin for the remainder of the opening 20 minutes to take a 41-32 halftime lead. Hobbs scored 24 of his career-high 36 in the first half.
Lindenwood got within six at 46-41 at the 12:55 mark of the second half, but a 13-2 run allowed the visitors to stretch the lead back out the double digits. The Lions made a spirited effort to get back into the game, but the margin proved insurmountable.
NSU returns to Tahlequah on Dec. 19 for a 7:30 p.m. game against Missouri Western State.
Big second half run surges Lions past NSU
The Northeastern State women’s basketball team lost a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup 63-50 to Lindenwood University Saturday afternoon inside Hyland Arena.
The RiverHawks (4-5, 1-1 MIAA) saw their recent four-game win streak snapped, while the Lady Lions (6-2, 2-0 MIAA) continue to impress following a 4-22 record a year ago.
Junior guard Fontana Tate and freshman guard Jamie Jackson led NSU with 10 points each. Senior forward Carrington Fox posted a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with five points, five assists and three blocks in 31 minutes.
NSU shot just 31 percent (18-for-59) from the field and 21 percent (3-for-14) from downtown. LU posted a 43-percent shooting average (21-for-49) and connected on 35 percent (6-for-17) from distance. Lindenwood outrebounded NSU 39-36 and made four more free throws (15 to 11) than the RiverHawks.
Morgan Johnson paced the home team with 14 points and eight rebounds. Julie Hlinak added 13 points off the bench and Kassidy Gengenbacher chipped in 12.
Northeastern State found itself with a slim 35-34 lead following back-to-back jumpers early in the second half from junior guard Sarah Sagely, but a jumper from Bre Zanders at 13:05 sparked a 19-3 run from the Lady Lions that put the game out of reach.
Lindenwood coasted the rest of the way and earned the 13-point victory to stay perfect at home (5-0) this season.