Bell tallies 11 points in Lewis' loss to Missouri-St. Louis


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 2:42pm

Lewis' men's basketball team ran into a hot shooting No. 18 Missouri-St. Louis lineup in its 77-63 loss at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Flyers to 10-8, 5-5 GLVC while the Tritons improve to 18-2, 9-1 GLVC.

The two sides went back-and-forth for the first 10-plus minutes before UMSL began to pull away thanks to an 18-3 run and wouldn't allow Lewis to get closer than 13 points the rest of the half. The Tritons would take a 52-34 lead into the locker room at the half.

UMSL at one point in the half was shooting over 90 percent (19-for-21) from the floor as they finished the half shooting at an 81 percent clip (21-for-26).

The Flyers shot a respectable 44 percent (11-for-25) from the floor and was 7-of-14 from three in the first 20 minutes.

The Tritons extended its lead to as many as 22 points in the second half. Lewis made a late run to get within 12 after a basket from Vlado Zrnic (Greendale, Wis./Greendale) with 0:37 left but that would be as close as they got.

The Flyers shot nearly 45 percent (22-for-49) from the floor, was 11-of-21 from three but shot 67 percent at the foul line. They outrebounded UMSL 27-26 but turned the ball over 15 times.

Dre Bell (Detroit, Mich./River Rouge) led Lewis with 11 points while Anthony D'Avanzo (Harwood Heights, Ill./Notre Dame), Brandon McCombs (Jacksonville, Ill./Jacksonville) and Artese Stapleton (Chicago, Ill./Kenwood) had 10 points apiece.

The Tritons dominated in the paint outscoring Lewis 38-22 in the contest. UMSL shot over 57 percent from the floor in the game, was 9-of-20 from three and shot 62 percent at the foul line. Yaakema Rose led all scorers with 26 points.

Jose Grubbs added 16 points, Jason Towery dropped in 13 points and Steve Webb finished with 12.


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