Big second half leads Lincoln men to 109-77 win, 4-0 start to season

Lincoln's Jose Roberto Tanchyn puts up a shot during Thursday night's game against Spurgeon at Jason Gym. (Courtesy of Lincoln University athletic department)

For the first time since 1984, the Lincoln Blue Tigers are 4-0.

Lincoln beat the Spurgeon Knights 109-77 at Jason Gym on Thursday, scoring 60 points in the second half to pull away.

The Blue Tigers jumped ahead 3-0 to start, then Spurgeon took its only lead of the game at 4-3 after Jude Warren hit a jumper for two of his game-high 30 points with 18:27 left in the first half.

Jose Roberto Tanchyn hit a 3 to put the Blue Tigers in front for good at 6-4 with 17:07 left in the opening half for three of his team-high 19 points.

Lincoln led by as much as 17 as late as 5:22 left in the first half after a DJ Richardson hit a jumper for two of his 14 points to make the score 47-30, but Spurgeon was able to cut the lead to 49-44 heading into the break.

Spurgeon got as close as three points after Michael Berry hit a fast-break layup for two of his 18 points to cut the Blue Tiger lead to 53-50, but Lincoln put together a 14-2 run to extend to a 67-52 lead after a Tanchyn layup with 14:15 left to play.

Lincoln stayed at least 12 points ahead the rest of the way and built as far as 34 at two points before ending with a 32-point advantage.

Along with his 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3, Tanchyn added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Elijah Farr also reached a double-double with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with 12 rebounds. Jamar Madge Jr. added 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting, all from 3, while Richardson scored 14 points and dished out five assists. Franck Yetna added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Blue Tigers.

Lincoln shot 35-of-68 (51.5 percent) overall, 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) from 3 and 24-of-33 (72.7 percent) at the free throw line, while outrebounding Spurgeon 44-22.

Lincoln (4-0) will start the MIAA season with a road matchup at Newman at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.