SHINNSTON -- Tony Shade came up big in the fourth quarter to lift Robert C. Byrd to a 62-55 victory over Lincoln Saturday.
The Eagles (9-3, 7-1 Big 10) trailed 43-40 after three quarters, and Lincoln continued to hold a 49-47 advantage with 5:28 remaining.
Shade then took over on both ends of the floor for Robert C. Byrd.
Shade came off the bench to score eight points and record two steals. His 3-pointer at the 4:46 mark gave RCB the lead for good, 50-49, and he followed with a fast break basket to give the Eagles breathing room.
Robert C. Byrd was able to hold off Lincoln at the foul line. Luke Wallace went four of four, while Shade converted two shots from the free throw line.
"Every game this season, it has been someone else leading us," Robert C. Byrd coach Chris Sprenger said. "This time it was Tony. He is just one of many players that has contributed off the bench, and I feel we have a pretty good bench."
Wallace and Mark Ross each led the Eagles with a game-high 14 points. Shade followed with 11.
Robert C. Byrd raced to a 17-10 first quarter lead and was in front 29-23 at halftime when the Cougars (6-7, 5-5) began to rally.
Lincoln came back on Jared Bryant's outside shooting. He fired in two 3-pointers and had eight points to help give the Cougars a three-point lead after three quarters.
"We executed very well and I was happy with the effort," Lincoln coach Rob Hawkins said. "Robert C. Byrd just made the plays it had to in the fourth quarter to win the game."
Bryant led the Cougars with 13 points, while Stephen Howe added 10 points.
Lincoln returns to action on Monday when it travels to Tucker County. Robert C. Byrd returns to action on Wednesday, playing host to Class AAA top-ranked Parkersburg South.