Thursday night proved to be a big one for two of the area colleges.
Lindenwood U. head coach Brad Soderberg picked up the 300th victory of his collegiate career in the Lions’ 95-69 victory over visiting Missouri Southern.
Guard Tyler Ressel (Borgia) scored 21 points to lead the Lions. Guard Alex Bazzell (St. Charles West) had 17 points and 13 assists while forward Richie Thompson added 17 points. Guard Darris Smith (Hazelwood West) had 16 points and seven points.
Soderberg has also coached at Loras, South Dakota State, Wisconsin and Saint Louis University.
The UMSL Tritons rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to upset No. 4 Bellarmine College 87-82 in a double-overtime thriller. The victory knocked Bellarmine from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Senior guard Josh McCoy (Fort Zumwalt South) led UMSL with 28 points, including a stretch where he scored 16 consecutive points to spark the Tritons’ rally. Senior Darian Carthan added 19 points while senior Isiah Nunn scored 17 points. UMSL improves to 8-4 while picking up its first win in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
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