By John Goralski
Lincoln College New England opened their conference schedule last week with a trio of road contests in Massachusetts. The Wildcats won the first one, but were edged by a total of three points over the next two games.
With the win and two losses, the Wildcats fell to .500 (2-2), and they look to get back on track as they conclude their five game road trip this week.
Rout at Roxbury
The Wildcats flirted with 50 percent shooting (47.6) and had eight different players convert from long range as Lincoln College cruised past Roxbury on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Jalen David came off the bench to score 17 points. Baboucarr Bah led the team with 11 rebounds and three assists off the bench. Lincoln rallied to a 20-point lead at the half and cruised to a 103-83 victory.
Kojo Lockhart scored 14 points. Chris Brown added 12 points, and the defense forced 17 Tigers turnovers.
Andy Mitchell led Roxbury (0-3) with 27 points. David Riley scored 18, and Ashton Bennett added 16 points with four assists.
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Chris Austin powered the Wildcats with 17 points and three assists. Lockhart added 12 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. On Thursday, Nov. 7, Lincoln College took a three point lead into the break but fell to Mass Bay Community College, 75-73.
Kyre Jackson led the Wildcats in the middle with nine points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Taylor rallied for nine points and six boards, but Lincoln shot just 2-for-17 (.118) from the three point line as they fell for the first time this season.
Roger Paul scored 26 points for the Buccaneers (3-0). Givaughn Jones and Rayshaw Matthews scored 17 points apiece.
Lincoln College out-scored their NJCAA division II rival in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Dean College edged Lincoln, 86-85, on Nov. 9.
Lincoln had six players in double digits. Dominic Johnson and Jackson scored 13 points apiece. Austin (8 assists) and Lockhart (12 rebounds) scored 12 points apiece. Taylor finished with 11 points, and Dairyon Davis scored 10.
Joe Clark led the Bulldogs with 20 points.
Lincoln will wrap up the road trip at Bunker Hill CC on Thursday, but will face Quinsigamond CC on Saturday for the home opener. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High School.