VSN (admin) Published Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – 12:30 PM
JONESOBORO, Ark. – Nikola SaSaroga scored 18 points, Sando Hill added 12 and Trent Bell scored 10 to lead the Lyon College Scots in exhibition action at Arkansas State University on Monday night at First National Bank Arena.
Although it was an 82-57 loss to the Scots, the match did not count towards their record. And the game itself was entertaining with Lyon College staying within seven points for most of the first half and trailing between nine and 13 points for most of the second 20 minutes.
The Scots shot 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), made 77.3 percent of their free throws (17-of-22), and hit 43.8 percent of three-point shots (7-of-16) . Lyon College had 24 turnovers and 11 fouls, while the Red Wolves had 20 fouls and only seven turnovers.
SaSaroga put the Scots up front with the first basket of the game on a layup inside. Bell drove the basket for a field goal and SaSaroga came back to put Lyon College ahead 6–5 early in the first half.
SaSaroga got out for a three-pointer to put the Scots up 9-7, then Hill made two free throws to keep the lead, 11-9. After the Red Wolves scored the next six points, Luke Bridges picked up an offensive rebound and put it back to cut the ASU lead to two points, 15-13.
The Red Wolves scored five in a row before John Paul Morgan made two free throws for the Scots. From there, ASU moved to an 11-point lead, 26-15, but Lyon College mounted a run with a Hill dunk and another SaSaroga layup to make it a nine-point game. Morgan and Hill scored baskets after six minutes to cut the lead to seven points, 30-23 and three minutes later, Delvonte McCloud and Hill kept the Scots within striking distance.
A three-pointer from SaSaroga with 1:41 left before halftime and a layup from Morgan in the last minute kept Lyon College a respectable distance, trailing 44–34.
The Red Wolves opened the second half with an 8–0 run and led by 18 points before Hill hit a three-pointer. Bell made a 3-pointer on the next Scots trip down court and SaSaroga made two free throws. Bell scored twice on drives to the basket and hit a three-pointer with 13:07 left to cut the ASU lead to 11 points, 58–47.
Donovynn Lewis came off the bench at Lyon College and made two 3-pointers to stop Lyon College 13. Hill made three free throws and SaSaroga hit a layup in the space of three minutes to make it a 74-58 deficit.
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