The Lausanne College Lynx were great at the start and the finish Thursday night, and that was enough to handle the Mexico Bulldogs 65-48 in the first round of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.
The Lynx, who never trailed in the contest, jumped out to an 18-5 lead slightly more than six minutes into the contest at Fleming Fieldhouse. They eventually took a 20-11 lead by the end of the first quarter and were on the way to the victory.
The only bright spot in the early going for the Bulldogs was the 3-point shooting of Jake Willer. The senior canned 3-of-6 from deep in the quarter to account for all but a basket for Mexico.
Lausanne matched that 13-point advantage three times in the second quarter, eventually settling for a 36-25 lead at intermission. Mexico made the first of its charges to start the second half, scoring the first five points out of the locker room. The last three, on a 3 by Cole Jaramillo, cut the lead to 36-30.
But Lausanne rebuffed that charge with a 7-0 run that was capped off by a 3 from Quentin Sawyer. The lead for the Lynx was 49-40 heading into the fourth.
The Bulldogs had one more run, and they got to within 53-48 on a pair of free throws by Willer with 4:49 left.
However, the Lynx responded with a 12-0 run to finish the game. Lausanne put five players in double figures in the victory, led by Denio Chirindja's 19 points, while Sedale Scullark had 14. Cameron Payne, a Murray State recruit, was one of three players with 10 points, as he was joined by Sawyer and James Babb.
Willer ended up with 14 points to pace Mexico, while Jake Anderson had a doubledouble with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Lausanne (7-1) will play Louisville (Ky.) Male at 8:30 p.m. today in the winner's bracket semifinals. Mexico (8-1) will take on Rock Bridge at 5:30 p.m. in the loser's bracket semifinals, marking a father-son coaching matchup as Brennan Scanlon will lead the Bulldogs against his father, Rock Bridge's Jim Scanlon.