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Blue Raider men head south this weekend for conference play

With the conclusion of the 2022-23 regular season just over a month away, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team is set to begin the second half of its conference schedule this weekend down in Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders, who snapped an 11-game road drought last week at Wilberforce University, will visit Freed-Hardeman University on Thursday before traveling to Bethel University on Saturday.

The eighth-ranked Lions recently saw their unblemished record versus Mid-South opponents come to a halt against Georgetown College this past weekend. Despite this, Freed-Hardeman skyrocketed 11 spots from No. 19 in the January 11th edition of the NAIA Men's Basketball Top-25 poll.

Since defeating Lindsey Wilson, 62-60, back on December 2 in Columbia, the Lions are averaging 87.0 points per game behind a 0.528 field goal percentage. On the season, Freed-Hardeman is the only Mid-South school with a scoring average greater than 80, and a field goal mark higher than 50 percent.

Over the last seven games, Ryley McClaran's 16.9 points per outing have paced the Lions offensively, and J.J. Wheat (12.0) and Geraldo Lane (10.6) have also contributed.

As for Bethel, the Wildcats are 4-3 since falling to the Blue Raiders, 103-75, in December of last year. The result was the largest conference win for Lindsey Wilson since 2013 and is also its most recent triumph at home.

The 'Cats feature one lone scorer with a double-digit average. Junior Querrion Gadson, who scored 12 in the last meeting, is scoring 11.1 points a game and is shooting 50.8 percent from the floor. Furthermore, Gadson is actively tied for the team lead in rebounding with sophomore Brennon Marsh - 5.1 - and sits atop the Wildcats' roster with 37 total assists.

Lindsey Wilson has found its scoring touch across its last three games, posting 70-plus in each contest.

Connor Robinson is boasting a five-game double-digit scoring streak entering the weekend. In his last two games, the sophomore is posting 15.5 points a game while shooting 62.5 percent on field goals and 9-for-9 on free throws.

The locals have received an additional boost from the likes of Jayden Lazard. Another young gun for the Blue Raiders, Lazard listed a career-best 16 points at Wilberforce and is averaging 10.5 points an outing over his last four appearances, all in which he shot better than 50 percent.

Live stats and video will be available for both of this weekend's games.

This story was posted on 2023-01-12 11:04:38
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