SPRINGDALE, Ark. – In what Head Coach Kevin Jenkins hopes is an indication of what he can expect next week in the upcoming American Midwest Conference Postseason Tournament, his Lyon College men's basketball team shot a season-best 64.5% from the field Saturday night in the Scots final regular season contest, a 104-69 whipping of Ecclesia College (2-23) in a non-conference matchup.
The Scots (9-19), who have struggled holding on to halftime leads this season, had no problems in this one. After hitting a blistering 69% (20-of-29) from the field in the first half to take a commanding 52-29 lead, Lyon followed that up by hitting 60.6% (20-of-33) in the second half to finish the game by connecting on 40-of-62 field goals.
Lyon also connected on 4-of-7 (57.1%) from behind the three-point arc in the first half and finished the game 7-of-20 (35%).
Marcus Williams had one of the hottest hands for the Scots, dropping in 6-of-7 field goals and 2-of-3 three-pointers to lead all Lyon players with 18 points. Kendall Leeks connected on all eight of his field goals to total 17 points and eight rebounds, Daniel Ritchie made all four of his field goals to contribute 14 points, to go along with six boards.
Lyon's Jordan Layrock almost chipped in a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling in nine rebounds, and Marcus Humose scored 11 points and added three boards. Alex Kieffer scored eight for the Scots, Rickey Thomas dumped in seven, Devonte Young chipped in six, Ben Worlow scored five, Slater Belew chipped in four points and Cody Mullins and Stephon Martinez each scored two points.
In other AMC men's action on Saturday, No. 1-ranked Columbia College (30-0, 16-0 AMC) remained unbeaten, but narrowly got by William Woods University (13-16, 9-7 AMC), 74-69, Park University (19-8, 13-3 AMC) rolled Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.) (6-22, 3-13 AMC), 62-40, Missouri Baptist University (16-14, 10-6 AMC) knocked off Hannibal-LaGrange University (5-23, 2-14 AMC), 78-73, and Harris-Stowe State University (6-24, 5-11 AMC) was too much for Williams Baptist College (18-11, 9-7 AMC), 66-48.
The bracket is now set for the upcoming AMC tournament. No. 9-seed Hannibal LaGrange will travel to Springfield, Ill. to take on Benedictine on Tuesday night in the play-in game. The winner of the contest will move on to the quarterfinals and play at No. 1-seed Columbia on Thursday.
Other quarterfinal games Thursday will include No. 6-seed Lyon traveling to No. 3-seed Missouri Baptist, No. 5-seed William Woods traveling to No. 4 Williams Baptist and No. 2-seed Park hosting No. 7-seed Harris-Stowe. All games will tip-off at 7 p.m.
The semifinal games will take place Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m., with the championship game set for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. All games will be played at the highest seed.