Men’s Basketball Defeats Missouri Western In Final Showdown of 2012

BOCA RATON, Fla.-Lynn University closed out the 2012 half of the season with an 88-80 victory over visiting Missouri Western on Wednesday night. Six Knights scored in double digits en route to the win. Kevin Ohen led the Knights with 16 points and eight rebounds. Cedric Clinkscales scored a game-high 23 points for the Griffons in the loss.

Ohen hit a trey to set Lynn ahead in the opening seconds of the game starting a 10-3 run for the Knights. LU continued their strong offense as the clock ticked and with 1:38 remaining Pavle Raickovic hit a layup to extend the margin to 12, with a score of 48-36. The Griffons ended the half on a 5-0 run to trail by seven at the buzzer, 41-48.

The Blue and White shot 50 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the charity line while Missouri Western shot 60 percent. Brandon Smith scored 10 points in the first half while three other Knights recorded nine a piece. 

The Griffons rallied after the half and cut the deficit to two at 15:31 after a jumper by Reed Mells at 53-51. Lynn answered back with a 12-4 run and the visitors were unable to recover as the clock ran out. Lynn's biggest lead came at 4:53 after a layup from Slobodan Miljanic for the 82-65 lead. LU led at 88-80 by the sound of the buzzer. 

LU shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half while the Griffons shot 46.7 percent. The Knights tallied 33 rebounds, 11 of them being offensive rebounds. The Blue and White shot 92.9 percent from the charity line in the second half. Lynn averaged 51.9 percent shooting from the field throughout the game. 

Lynn advances to 7-3 as it wraps up the 2012 portion of the season. The Fighting Knights will have a short winter vacation before they return in January for conference play. LU will be back in action on the road at St. Leo on January 5. Tip-off is set for 4 pm.