ST. CHARLES, Mo. —
Central’s advantage reached nine (56-47) with 10:23 remaining before LU used a 14-3 run to regain the lead at 61-58. It was a 70-65 deficit when the Bronchos started their final comeback.
Jamell Cormier’s two free throws at 2:10 make it 70-67 and Heckart followed a Lindenwood turnover with another 3-pointer that tied it at the 1:43 mark. Smith answered a Lion three-point play with one of his own to keep the teams deadlocked at 73-all with 1:07 left.
LU made one of two free throws to go on top 74-73 at 0:47, but Andrews answered with the go-ahead trey and the Bronchos held on.
UCO returns home to host Northeastern State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
BRONCHOS' LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT
Lindenwood thwarted Central Oklahoma’s late rally to hand the Bronchos an 81-77 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association setback here Saturday afternoon.
UCO used an 8-0 run to pull even at 72 with 1:57 left to play, but the Lions hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute to pull away again and hand the Bronchos their fourth straight league loss.
Central, now 8-6 on the season and 1-5 in conference play, returns home Wednesday to host Northeastern State.
Alyssa Fuxa led the Bronchos, hitting 7-of-12 shots with a pair of 3-pointers in a 20-point outing. Jill Bryan added 13 points and seven rebounds and Britney Morgan 10 points.
UCO trailed by as many as nine in the first eight minutes before pulling even at 25-25 on McKenzie Solberg’s layup. Jordan Ward’s layup gave the Bronchos a 27-25 lead and it was a 43-40 advantage at halftime.
Central stayed in front the first eight minutes of the second half and was up 53-49 with 12:41 left following a Rachel New basket. LU came back with a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 58-53 at the 10:37 mark and stretched the lead to 72-64 with 4:29 remaining.
Ward started UCO’s late comeback with back-to-back layups and Savannah Hamilton followed an LU turnover with another inside bucket that pulled the Bronchos within 72-70. Hamilton then rebounded a Lion miss and Morgan converted with a layup that tied it at 72-all with 1:57 to play.
UCO couldn’t convert a couple of chances to take the lead and Lindenwood finally broke the deadlock with two free throws at 0:53 and two more 10 seconds later. Two Morgan free throws at 0:31 had the Bronchos back within two at 76-74, but a turnover and two missed shots led to five more LU foul shots and an 81-74 lead that sealed the game.