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LWC Men's Basketball knocks off No. 20 Cumberlands, 73-66

Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball upsets Cumberlands before 161 in attendance at Biggers Sports Center to bring season thus far to 14-6.
Next: Blue Raider Men's Basketball vs. Georgetown College, at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym 500 E College Street, Georgetown, KY, at 7pmCT/8pmET, Thursday, January 19, 2017.

By Charles Balcom, Assistant Sports Information Director
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY (Sat 14 Jan 2017) - The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final minute as the Blue Raiders upset No. 20-ranked Cumberlands (KY) 73-66 on Saturday evening at Biggers Sports Center.

The win moves the Blue Raiders to 14-6 on the year with a 2-3 mark in Mid-South Conference games and is the first win over a ranked opponent this season. Cumberlands drops to 15-4 and 3-3 in MSC play with the loss, snapping a six-game win streak for the Patriots.

Bryan Wallace poured in a team-high 21 points, the third-straight game he has led Lindsey Wilson in scoring. He added four rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals while hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Dmitry Utolin had 12 points while Charles Sutton and DJ Lambert both had 10, Sutton adding a team-high eight rebounds.

Lindsey Wilson fell behind early to start the game 10-6, but rolled off 10-straight points with four different Blue Raiders scoring to move ahead 16-10 with 12:51 to play in the opening half.

Lindsey Wilson maintained the lead all the way to halftime, extending it to as many as nine at the 5:56 mark after a three-point play by Lambert made it 27-18.

Cumberlands cut the lead down to four points three times before the break, but a basket by Sutton with 29 seconds to go gave the Blue Raiders a 33-27 halftime advantage.

The Blue Raiders shot well in the opening half, hitting 10 of their first 15 shots en route to a 52.0 shooting percentage in the first 20 minutes. LWC hit 7-of-8 from the charity stripe but missed all four of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Conversely, Cumberlands shot 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) for the half but made a trio of three pointers. Both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in the opening half, forcing their opponent deep into the shot clock before firing up an attempt.

The Blue Raiders came out hot to start the second half, using a 10-2 run to build a 43-29 lead with 16:18 to play. Cumberlands promptly responded with a 12-2 run of their own to cut the Blue Raider lead down to 45-41 with 12:40 to go. The Patriots continued to whittle down the lead over the next six minutes, trimming it all the way down a single point at 51-50 with the help of a hefty offensive rebounding advantage.

Lindsey Wilson had an answer though and scored nine straight, capped off by a steal and fast break layup by Wallace to push the lead back to double digits at the 3:36 mark at 60-50.

Cumberlands went 0-for-2 with two turnovers during the Blue Raider run.

The Patriots refused to go away quietly though and cut the lead back down to six at 64-58 with one minute to play.

From there the game would be decided at the free throw line as Cumberlands began intentionally fouling, sending the Blue Raiders to the line. But the Lindsey Wilson shooters were up to the task as Brandon Berry, Lambert, and Wallace combined to go 9-for-10 in the final minute, including a 6-for-6 performance by Wallace.

Cumberlands kept pace with back-to-back three pointers to make it 69-64, but were unable to claw any closer as two-straight misses and two makes by Berry at the stripe sealed the game.

Lindsey Wilson finished the game shooting 59.1 percent from the field but went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. The last time Lindsey Wilson did not make a three pointer in a game came on Feb. 22, 2014 - against Cumberlands.

The Patriots shot 36.5 percent from the floor but went 9-for-37 from beyond the arc for a 24.3 percentage. Chance Morton led Cumberlands with a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds.

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Bryan Wallace scores layup in LWC upset of Cumberlands

2017-01-14 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Charles Balcom, Lindsey Wilson College photo.
Bryan Wallace, No. 25, scores a layup, for two of his team-high 21 points, the third-straight game he has led Lindsey Wilson in scoring, leading the Blue Raiders to an upset victory Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Biggers Sports Center. He added four rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals while hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Wallace, a junior guard from Lexington, KY, played high basketball at Montgomery County HS in Mt. Sterling, KY.

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