Brad Soderberg won his 250th career game on Thursday night when the Lindenwood men’s basketball team defeated Central Methodist by an 84-74 margin. The win was the 15th straight victory for the No. 4 team in the NAIA.
Coming into the game, Lindenwood led the HAAC in fewest turnovers per game, while Central Methodist was first in the conference in forcing turnovers per game. This stat turned out to be the difference as Lindenwood had a +5 turnover margin.
The Lions turned it over just 12 times, right around their season average, while Central Methodist had 17 turnovers. Thirteen of the Eagles’ turnovers came in the first half when Lindenwood opened up a 51-33 lead.
The Lions also had another large advantage at the free throw line after their offense spent most of the game working the ball inside. Lindenwood made 29 of 33 charity shots, compared to 11 of 15 for Central Methodist.
All five starters scored in double-figures for the Lions led by Alfred Nelson with 19 points. In his first start of the season, he shot eight of 11 from the field and had 13 points in the first half.
Alex Bazzell and Kramer Soderberg combined to go 19 of 21 from the free throw line and both players finished with 16 points. Soderberg also led the team in assists with five.
Richard Rose had 14 points and a team-high three steals. David King had 10 points and grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
Off the bench, Garrett Reeg and Efkan Eren helped out in the paint and combined to have nine points and six rebounds.
Lindenwood improves to 16-1 overall and 7-0 in the HAAC.
The Lions will host MidAmerica Nazarene today at Hyland Arena