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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Missouri Baptist Spartans beat the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans 70-57 on Saturday night in front of an energized crowd at the Carl and Deloris Pretty Sports and Recreation Complex. Senior Brice Scott hit the big three in the middle of the second half to put the Spartans on top and they never looked back.
The game was close and fast from the outset. Neither team was able to build much of a lead until late in the half. The Spartans posted key baskets down the stretch to finish with a 38-31 advantage heading into the half.
Hannibal-LaGrange came out and scored the first six points of the second half to make it a one point game. It was back and forth until about half way though the second half. Hannibal-LaGrange clawed its way to a slim 48-47 lead with 12:40 to go in the game. It was at this point that Missouri Baptist turned on the pressure. The home team went on an 18-3 run to pull ahead with nearly five minutes remaining on the clock.
It was a combined team effort that secured the MBU victory. The Spartans shot 37% for the game and had three players finish in double figures. Kalvin Lewis led the team with 16 points and three rebounds. Le Andre Johnson (14 points and four rebounds) and Erik Hunter (12 points and three rebounds) also posted double digit point totals.
The Spartans went 6-15 from beyond the three point line, but were out rebounded 44-42. MBU's Victor Leak Jr. led the team with eight rebounds and added six points off the bench.
The Trojans shot 34% from the field but went just 1-11 from three point range. They were lead by Chris Smith who had 28 points and nine rebounds. Gerrell Wells added 14 points and two rebounds.
Prior to the game, Missouri Baptist honored its three seniors, Kyle Ford, Sam Pearson II and Brice Scott in a pre-game ceremony.
This win puts the Spartans at 16-11 and 7-3 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) on the year. They look to finish strong in this final week of games before the AMC Tournament games begin.