Dec. 20, 2010
Story courtesy of Lindenwood Sports Information
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The No. 14 Lindenwood (Mo.) men's basketball team scored the final 11 points of the game and upset No. 1 Robert Morris (Ill.) by a 79-72 score. It is the second straight season that the Lions have knocked off Robert Morris while the Eagles were ranked first in the NAIA national poll.
The Lions trailed 72-68 after Robert Morris hit a three-pointer with 2:25 left in the game but Lindenwood made every play from that point on. Alex Bazzell got Lindenwood within one with a three-pointer and the defense forced a turnover with 50 seconds remaining. Kramer Soderberg then put the Lions ahead with under 30 seconds on the clock with a driving layup. After another Eagles turnover, they put Brett Thompson on the line, and he hit both shots. Robert Morris missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game in the final seconds, and Lindenwood hit four free throws with two seconds left to complete the victory.
Lindenwood led by as much as eight points in the first half but a late 9-2 run by Robert Morris cut that lead to 40-39 at halftime. The Lions extended the lead to 48-44 early in the second half, but the Eagles got hot from three-point range. Back-to-back three-pointers sparked a 10-0 run that put Robert Morris ahead. The Eagles hit two more three-pointers on their way to extending that lead to seven points, but Lindenwood closed out the game on a 17-3 spurt.
Lindenwood shot 48 percent from the field for the game, and made eight three-pointers. The Lions were also 21 of 24 from the free throw line. Robert Morris shot under 40 percent from the field, made 10 three-pointers, and was 10 of 16 from the free throw line. The Eagles won the rebounding battle by a narrow 39-36 margin.
Soderberg finished with 22 points. He made eight of 15 from the field, including two of four from three-point range, and made all four free throw attempts. Alfred Nelson came off the bench to score 17 points and grab seven rebounds. He was six of seven from the field and hit three three-pointers, two more than his season total entering the game. Bazzell had 15 points and Thompson and Richard Rose each scored eight.
The Lions improve to 11-1 on the season while Robert Morris lost for the first time in 13 games. Lindenwood has now won 10 straight games and will look to tie the school record of 11 on Jan. 3 when it hosts Central Bible at 7 p.m.