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Basketball: LWC Men drop hard fought contest against Bears

By Kyle Jackson

Portsmouth, OH - The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team couldn't rally behind a hot start as they were handed their fourth straight loss, 89-92, after a hard-fought battle against Shawnee State (OH).

The Blue Raiders had four players in double digits as Elijah Jordan led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds on the afternoon while Connor Robinson had his second double-digit game of his career with 17 points on the afternoon.

Jamyus Jones went three of four from beyond the arc for 15 points. Giir Ring also had an impressive game from distance as he went three of five from the three-point arc for 11 points.

As a team, the Blue Raiders shot 45.6 percent from the field going 31 of 68, 13 of 23 from beyond the arc for 56.5 percent, and 14 of 19 from the free throw line for 73.7 percent while scoring 31 points off the bench.

Ring started off an impressive first half for the Blue Raiders (8-10, 1-9 MSC) as he knocked down a three from distance to open the scoring. Calvin Fugett followed that up with a shot of his own to take a 5-0 lead over the hosts after only two minutes of play. By the first media timeout, Lindsey Wilson shot 66.7 percent going four of six from beyond the arc to start the game as they held a 20-13 lead over the Bears. The impressive run of play didn't stop there as the Blue Raiders were knocking down just about everything they shot. With 6:52 remaining in the opening half, Lindsey Wilson held a 16-point lead over the defending national champions while shooting 56 percent overall and 62.5 percent from three-point range. The Bears proved why they're a national champion in the remainder of the half as they closed the deficit to within two at the halftime break where the Blue Raiders only led by a bucket 40-38.

The Bears opened the second half with a three of their own to take a 41-40 lead to restart play. The two teams continued to swap the lead before the Bears knocked three straight shots to take a 49-44 lead with 16:20 remaining in the game. The Bears held onto a slight four-point lead for much of the half as the Blue Raiders worked to stay in the game. In the final five minutes of play, the Bears opened a 10-point gap in hopes to prevent a Blue Raider comeback. Robinson knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to within six with 12 seconds left in the game and then followed with a three just before the buzzer went but it was too late for a rally as the Blue Raiders dropped their fourth straight 89-92.

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team will now return to Biggers Sports Center for a six-game homestand beginning with (RV) Pikeville (KY) on Monday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4pmCT in Biggers Sports Center.

This story was posted on 2022-01-23 16:43:43
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