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Basketball: Senior Day highlights last week of LWC season

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team is set to close out the 2022-23 regular season this weekend with its final pair of conference games. On the heels of their third consecutive win at home, the Blue Raiders will start the final push to the postseason at Biggers Sports Center on Thursday against the University of the Cumberlands before wrapping up on Saturday at Georgetown College.

Lindsey Wilson (9-16, 5-15 MSC) is fresh off an impressive 81-70 victory over Shawnee State last Saturday. The triumph secured the locals their fifth league win and their sixth win of the season at home. Both of which are the program's highest since the 2019-20 campaign.

Payton Cundiff made the most of his first start in two months with a 22-point performance against the Bears, going 8-for-13 from the field, including five three-pointers. The senior has knocked down multiple three-point baskets in eight-straight games and is averaging 11.1 points per game during that stretch. He is now third all-time in program history with 280 career three-point field goals made and needs just nine more to move in second place on that list.

Cundiff's recent surge will be put to the test against a Patriots' defense allowing 29.5 percent from behind the arc, the lowest in the Mid-South.

Cumberlands (16-10, 10-10 MSC) began the season with 11 wins in its first 13 games but has since gone 5-8. On top of their top-ranked three-point defense, the Pats also boast the conference's best three-point offense - 37.0 percent.

Steven Fitzgerald and Jahi Hinson provide a 1-2 punch for Cumberlands scoring 16.6 and 16.0 points a night, respectively, while Isaiah Payton sits second in the Mid-South with his three-point field goal percentage of 0.443.

When Lindsey Wilson traveled to Williamsburg back in December, the shorthanded Blue Raiders were defeated, 77-57, despite outrebounding the Patriots, 31-27.

Speaking of rebounding, Saturday's opponent, Georgetown, actively leads the conference in total rebounding and rebound margin.

The tenth-ranked Tigers (22-4, 16-4), are coming off a dramatic 23-point comeback against Cumberland University this past weekend. The come-from-behind effort was capped off by a buzzer-beating three-pointer by two-time Mid-South Player of the Week Jake Ohmer, who leads a quartet of Georgetown scorers averaging in double-figures. Another one of those names is Kryan Jones. Entering the weekend, the junior is still the only player in the league turning in over 10 points and 10 rebounds per outing.

With Thursday's game in Columbia serving as the Blue Raiders' final home game of the season, the team will be celebrating its "Senior Day" prior to tip-off.

This story was posted on 2023-02-16 10:46:40
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