Tyler Harvey netted 12 fourth quarter points for Erskine in a dramatic come from behind victory, that saw Lincoln unable to break Erskine’s press late in the period. Lincoln led by eight mid-way through the fourth quarter, then forked the ball over six times, with Harvey making them pay, scoring 10 unanswered points.
Lincoln jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead. Erskine went on a 17-11 run in the second frame to pull within two at the half, 25-23. Ben McLain and Everett Martin opened the third with back to back hoops to bump Lincoln’s lead to six. Erskine went on an 8-2 run to tie the score on a Devon Veilleux shot with 3:11 to play. Andrew Feltis converted off the boards and Patrick Mullin scored on a Matt Poole steal at the buzzer to put Lincoln up 35-31 at the end of three.
Lincoln opened the final period with a 6-2 run to take an eight point lead. Poole crashed the offensive glass for two, and Ethan Wajer scored back to back hoops on feeds from McLain. Erskine’s defense took over and their offense reaped the benefits with 11 straight points to pull out the win. Lincoln had a chance to tie the score, but Patrick Mullin’s 3-point attempt missed the mark at the buzzer.
Scoring for Lincoln were McLain 10 (4R,4A), Martin 7 (9R), Wajer 6, Mullin 5, Feltis 4 (7R), Troy Carter 3, Brandon Reilly 2 (5R,4B,2A), Gage Peaslee 2 and Matt Poole 2 (6R,4S,2B).
Scoring for Erskine were Harvey 21, Nick Grady 8 (6R,3S), Garrett Holt 6 (9R,3B), Devon Veilleux 4 (3R), Steven Wight 3 (3R) and Lucas Miller 2.
Lincoln out rebounded Erskine 40-25.