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Basketball: LWC Men open conference play this week

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team travels south to Tennessee this week to begin both the road portion of its 2022-23 schedule and the season's conference slate.

It has been five years since the locals last won their road opener, and three years since the most recent conference-opening victory. Lindsey Wilson can snap those droughts together when it begins its three-day weekend at 7:30pmCT on Thursday versus No. 20 Cumberland University.

The Phoenix (3-1, 0-0 MSC) lone loss on the year came just under a week ago against fourteenth-ranked Marian University out of Indiana, in which they were held to a season-low 53 points on a 39.6 percent showing from the floor.

Junior Ty'Reek Johnson paces the offense for Cumberland with a 14.3 scoring average, followed by Jordan Stephens' 12.5 points per outing. The latter of the two serves as one of the team's primary facilitators as he actively leads the Phoenix in both assists per game - 2.3 -- and steals per game - 1.8.

Historically, Cumberland trails Lindsey Wilson in the all-time series 35 to 17, but a bulk of the Blue Raiders' success has come on their home floor. The Phoenix are nearly even with the locals when playing in Lebanon. Of 23 match-ups at Dallas Floyd Arena, Lindsey Wilson has won 12 while Cumberland holds 11 victories.

On Saturday afternoon, the Blue Raiders move further south to take on the University of Tennessee Southern.

The Firehawks (3-1, 0-0 MSC) began their season with four consecutive road games, winning three of those contests by an average of 4.3 points.

Senior Kavion Hancock ranks fourth in the Mid-South in scoring at 20.5 points per outing. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the foul line.

The trio of Kendall Wright, Tad Sivley, and Brady Brown each boast 20-plus defensive rebounds and sit first through third, respectively, in the line-up in total boards.

Tennessee Southern, formerly Martin Methodist College, and Lindsey Wilson have met 17 times, and the Blue Raiders hold a narrow advantage of 10-7, including wins in three of the last four games.

Lindsey Wilson (2-1, 0-0 MSC) sports the Mid-South's seventh-best field goal percentage at 0.451, which is highlighted by the team's 33.8 percent effort from beyond the three-point arc.

Elijah Jordan is off to an outstanding start after notching career-highs in scoring in back-to-back contests for the Blue Raiders. The senior is currently posting 24.3 points per game, the second-best individual mark in the conference.

He is flanked by Mark Edmond, whose 8.7 rebounds per game ranks fourth in the Mid-South, and Rodney Lewis' 3.7 assists per game, which stands in sixth.

This story was posted on 2022-11-17 08:31:04
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