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Basketball: LWC Men fall short against No. 16 Thomas More

By Christopher Webster

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team surrendered 41 second half points falling to No. 16 Thomas More 66-61 on Saturday night.

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, traveling to battle Lee (TN). Tipoff is scheduled for 6pmCT.

Calvin Fugett led the Blue Raiders (7-5, 0-4 MSC) in scoring with 22 points while shooting four for seven from beyond the arc. Elijah Jordan shot six for 13 overall to finish the night with 17 points.

The Blue Raiders knocked down three of their first five shots to jump out to a 7-2 lead. Fugett started the scoring for Lindsey Wilson getting into the teeth of the defense and finishing a layup. After a pair of Thomas More free throws, Jordan found an open Payton Cundiff on the wing for a three-pointer to push the lead. A coast-to-coast layup put the Blue Raiders up by five with 16:46 left in the first half.

The Saints quickly cut into the lead as a three-pointer by Logan Swackhammer brought Thomas More within two points. Both sides continued to trade baskets as Cundiff and Fugett knocked down back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to extend Lindsey Wilson's lead. The Blue Raiders grew their lead to as large as seven points before Thomas More used a 5-0 run to trail 18-16 with 8:09 remaining in the half.

Lindsey Wilson outscored the Saints 11-9 to take a 29-25 lead going into halftime. In the first half, the Blue Raiders knocked down three shots from beyond the arc.

Thomas More took the lead quickly in the second half, opening with an 8-0 run forcing Lindsey Wilson to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Giir Ring drew in the defense and kicked the pass out to Cundiff for his third three-pointer of the game to cut the lead 33-32 with 17:31 left in the game.

The Blue Raiders jumped out in front by three as baskets by Edmond, Jordan, and Fugett put LWC up 38-36. However, the Saints would even the score on the following offensive possession on an offensive putback by Garren Bertsch with 14:35 remaining.

With the Saints ahead 61-55 in the final minute of play, Fugett knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to bring the Blue Raiders to within three. On the following defensive possession, Bertsch earned a trip to the free-throw line where he went one for two. Fugett cut the deficit to one point with a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining. Even with LWC's rally, the Saints kept their composure defeating the Blue Raiders 66-61.

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