Lake Land struggled on defense in the first half against Lindenwood on Wednesday, allowing 38 points.
But the offense did not falter, generating 50 points in the opening half.
Lake Land tightened its defense in the second half, which enabled its offense to further loosen up.
After allowing 38 points in the first half, the Lakers’ stifling defense forced 15 turnovers and limited the Lynx to 24 points on 24-percent shooting and the offense made nearly 70 percent of its shots in cruising to a 111-62 victory over Lindenwood University-Belleville at the Laker Fieldhouse.
Ahead 50-38 at halftime, the Lakers (1-1) increased their lead to more than 20 points in the opening five minutes. The Lynx briefly responded, closing the gap to 13 points before Lake Land’s defense clamped down and allowed just 12 points during the final 13 minutes.
The Lakers scored 61 points in the second half on 68-percent shooting, converting 6 of 10 3-pointers as well. Freshman JB Burks, a Hopkinsville, Ky., native, registered all 16 of his points and eight rebounds in the second half.
“JB was huge for us in the second half,” said Lake Land coach Brandon Colvin. “He was active defense-wise, rebounding, and did a great job finishing.”
The first half saw the Lakers get a score and then steal on their first three possessions, but they turned it over each time, which allowed the Lynx to stay in the game early. Lindenwood used this confidence to take the lead on three occasions, the final time being 11-10 with 15 minutes to go in the half.
Lake Land would eventually start to pull away in the half, increasing its lead to as much as 18 before settling on a 50-38 halftime lead. Lake Land shot 49 percent in the first half, making 6 of 13 attempts from 3-point range.
“I was happy with the defensive effort in the second half, but I would like to see us put two halves together with that same intensity,” Colvin said. “This is the second game where we struggled in the first half and turned it around in the second half. We need to put together a full game.”
Lindenwood (0-2) converted on 40 percent of its shots and 7 of 13 3-pointers. Eddie Wilson scored 17 in the first half on 4-of-8 3-point shooting, which kept the game closer.
Freshman Jevon Morris (East Chicago, Ind.) scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
Freshman Isaiah May (Fairview Heights) made all six of his shots to score 13 while sophomores Ty Waller (Rockford) and Adam Price (Memphis, Tenn.) had seven points and seven assists apiece. Waller also recorded four steals.
The Lakers shot 58 percent from the field overall and made 12 of 23 3-pointers.
Williams scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Ricky Gomez and Darion Brooks each contributed 11 for the Lynx, who shot 32 percent from the field and 39 percent of 3-pointers.
The Lakers next play host to Kennedy King College (2-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday.