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Basketball: LW men win MSC opener over Cumberland 67-65

Blue Raider Bryan Wallace scores game high 26 points. STATS
Next: LWC Men's Basketball at Shawnee State, at the Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH, at 7pmCT/8pmET, Thursday, January 11, 2018.

By Christopher Coombs
News from Lindsey Wilson College Athletics

COLUMBIA, KY - (Sat 6 Jan 2018) The No. 8-ranked Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team won its Mid-South Conference opener over Cumberland (TN) 67-65 on Saturday at Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders closed out the game on a 9-1 run over the final 2:40 seconds of play as Bryan Wallace hit three late foul shots to break a tie at 64 with just two seconds left.

Wallace led all Blue Raiders (15-0, 1-0 MSC) scoring a game-high 26 points adding seven assists and three steals. Kel Stotts added 13 points as Nic Brown had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Hamlette recored a career-high 4 steals during the contest.

Lindsey Wilson and Cumberland (7-8, 1-0 MSC) traded baskets early in the first half as the teams were tied at 14 apiece with 10:57 left to play. The Blue Raiders then went on a 13-3 run to give them their largest lead of the half at 27-17 with just over five minutes remaining. The Phoenix then mounted a run of their own out scoring the Blue Raiders 18-9 to cut Lindsey Wilsons lead to 36-35 at the break.

Wallace led all Blue Raiders scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor. Lindsey Wilson shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the half while the Phoenix shot 45.2 percent including 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.

LWC was able to start the second half on an 11-4 run that lasted the first six-minutes to increase their lead to 47-39. The Phoenix were able to make a run of their own as they tied the game at 49 with just over 11 minutes left to play.

Cumberland and Lindsey Wilson then exchanged baskets over the next six minutes as the teams found themselves tied again with 5:42 left to play. The Phoenix built their largest lead of the game after going on an 8-2 that lasted till the 2:40 mark in the game.

Form there it was all the Blue Raiders as their defense held the Phoenix scoreless from the field over the final minutes of the game to pull out a 67-65 victory.

Blue Raiders shot 41.4 percent from the field and forced 13 steals and 19 turnovers during the game.

Charles Sweatt-Washington led all Phoenix players with 19 points as Diondrey Holt Jr. and Andrew Rogan each had 14.

This story was posted on 2018-01-06 18:36:07
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