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Region Championship Titles: 2013-14, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 | NJCAA National Tournament: 2017-18

Greyhounds Come Back for Region 2 Victory

(Photo by Loretta Dale)
(Photo by Loretta Dale)

The Greyhounds took their first lead on a Jalen Lynn three-pointer with 2:20 to go and hit 3-of-4 free throws in the last minute for an 80-75 Region 2 victory over North Arkansas Saturday at The Dog House.

North Arkansas (18-8) had won 11 of their last 12 games coming into the NJCAA Region 2 contest and led 41-35 at the half. Lynn, ASU Mid-South's leading scorer, was held to just 5 points in the first frame and the Pioneers held him scoreless in the second half until a hard foul sent him to the line with 3:10 remaining in the game and the Greyhounds trailing 69-65. But the foul ignited both the team and Lynn, who knocked down both free throws and then scored the next 8 points on a mid-range kiss off the glass and two three-pointers, all on consecutive possessions, giving the Greyhounds a 75-73 lead with 1:42 left to play.

The Greyhound defense then surrendered only two free throws the rest of the way as Zach Byrd found Christian White for a dunk in transition and Lynn and White hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Lynn ended up scoring 12 of his game-high 17 points in the last 3:10, and Zach Byrd was an all-around contributor with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out. Christian White came off the bench with 14 points and a game-high 9 rebounds, while Shaheed Halk (6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Kamari Marrs (4 rebounds) scored 8 points each.

The Greyhounds were hurt by 22 turnovers for the game but controlled the boards with a 48-31 advantage while holding the nation's third-highest scoring team (101.0 points per game) to 75 points on 39.1% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from the three-point line.

ASU Mid-South (16-6) played the first of eight games in 17 days to finish the season thanks to a rescheduled game at St. Louis Community College on February 20. The Greyhounds play their next three games at home beginning with Williams Baptist Collge JV Monday at 6:00pm, and then host National Park College Thursday and UA Cossatot Saturday.

Greyhound players Jalen Lynn (left), Shaheed Halk (middle) and Christian White (right) scoring at the rim in Saturday's 80-75 Region 2 victory at The Dog House. (Photos by Loretta Dale)