Nov. 29, 2008

Courtesy of Lynn

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s basketball team earned its 300th victory in program history with a 67-57 win over Puerto Rico-Bayamon to close out the Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.  With the win, Fighting Knights head coach Scott McMillin also picked up his 100th victory at LU in his sixth season with the program.


Now in its 16th season on the hardwood, Lynn (4-1) boasts a 300-146 record to average just shy of 20 wins a campaign.  McMillin improves his overall record with the Blue and White to 100-67 and is 136-79 in his career as a head coach.


Michel Vidal had another career day for Lynn, scoring a personal-best 20 points to go with 10 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double.  He added a career-high four blocks in the win.


Chris Hall chipped in 18 points for the Knights while Randy Jones had 10.  Hall shared the game lead with four assists.


A close first half saw four tied scores and five lead changes through the first 10 minutes before a Hall three-pointer put the Blue and White up 19-16 as part of a 16-2 run.  Lynn held the Vaqueros (1-4) without a field goal for almost seven minutes until a jumper by Christian Ocana and a triple by Melvin Rivera cut the Bayamon deficit to seven at 31-24 with 2:40 to play.  Clamping down defensively, the Knights finished the frame on a 9-1 run to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.


Trailing by as many as 17 in the early minutes of the second, Bayamon battled back to cut the deficit to just four at 50-46 at the 10 minute mark courtesy of an 11-2 run.  Settling down, the Knights used the inside-outside game of Vidal and Hall to eventually retake the double-figure lead with three minutes to play to seal the win.


Michael Gonzales led the Vaqueros with 18 points while Rivera had 12 and Ocana added 11.


Lynn returns to action on Wednesday with a road game against Flagler College in St. Augustine as part of a doubleheader with the women’s team.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can follow the action live online by logging on to and selecting the “live audio” link.