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Basketball: LWC Men face conference duo this weekend

Following a brief detour from its regularly scheduled conference slate, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team returns to Mid-South Conference activity this weekend to take on the Bears of Shawnee State University on Thursday before hosting the University of Pikeville on Saturday.

Thursday's action in Ohio is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30pmCT, while Saturday's afternoon match-up is set for a 3pmCT start.

The Blue Raiders (5-7, 1-6 MSC) are currently in the midst of a three-game drought, which does not include Monday's exhibition at Austin Peay State University (Tenn.). In the active skid, Lindsey Wilson is averaging 61.0 points per game behind a 0.387 field goal percentage, with senior Payton Cundiff acting as the primary catalyst for the local's offense, posting 16.3 points an outing over the stretch.

Despite the recent results, the Blue Raiders are playing more aggressively than their opponents in the paint, scoring four more points a game while being outrebounded by only one board, on average.

Over the last three games, Lucas Ribeiro leads the team with three total blocks, eight offensive rebounds, and a 5.7 rebounding mark, while Cundiff, who for his career averages just shy of three rebounds a game, is on a career-best 3.4 standard through 12 games this season, including 5.3 across Lindsey Wilson's latest three.

The Blue Raiders' first match-up of the weekend has them traveling north to Portsmouth, Ohio to challenge Shawnee State in their home den.

The Bears (7-6, 3-4 MSC) have four wins this season against teams ranked inside the NAIA top 25 or at least receiving votes. Two of those victories came in their most recent home games versus No. 9 Georgetown College and No. 1 Thomas More University. Overall, Shawnee State is 4-1 at Waller Gymnasium this season, and are outscoring visitors 70.4 to 66.2.

In five home games, Tre Baumgardner III is boasting a 14.4 scoring average, followed by Latavious Mitchell and Jaiden Guice, who are turning in 12.8 and 12.4 points per game, respectively.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, Lindsey Wilson faces its last assignment before the holiday when another bear comes into view in Pikeville.

The Bears of Kentucky (6-6, 3-4 MSC) recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Wilberforce (Ohio) on December 10.

Senior Teddy Parham Jr. currently ranks third in the conference averaging 17.8 points a game. He also holds the second-best free throw percentage - 86.2 -- behind his teammate Korbin Spencer's 92.6 percent.

As a team, Pikeville is being outscored 76.8 to 66.0 on the road en route to a 1-3 record. They do, however, have four players contributing 10 or more points per game in those four contests, including Parham, who is 14-for-14 from the free throw line this season away from home.

This story was posted on 2022-12-15 07:31:23
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