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Basketball: LWC Men nearly upset no. 13 Tigers in OT

By Kyle Jackson

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team took No. 13 Georgetown (KY) to overtime in a thrilling conference clash Saturday afternoon but unfortunately couldn't pull off the upset as the Blue Raiders fell 69-72 in the extra period.

Elijah Jordan led the team with 18 points on the afternoon going seven of 19 from the field and four of seven from beyond the arc. Mark Edmond had another impressive game rebound wise as he led the team with eight on the afternoon.

As a team, the Blue Raiders shot 40 percent from the field going 26 of 65, 11 of 24 from beyond the arc for 45.8 percent and six of 11 from the free throw line for 54.5 percent while scoring 25 points off the bench.

The Tigers started off the game with a nine-point lead after consecutive threes got the visitors rolling. The Blue Raiders answered back with consecutive layups before Payton Cundiff was fouled on a converted three pointer, turning it into a five-point play after he knocked down two of three free throws. After the play the Blue Raiders took a 20-18 lead with 9:15 left in the first half.

The remainder of the first half remained back and forth between the two teams before a three from Calvin Fugett in the final seconds cut the Tigers lead to within two at 33-31 at the half.

The Tigers came out of the break hot as they got down to business and reestablished a 12-point lead with 13:50 left in the game. Georgetown continued to maintain a double-digit lead for the next four minutes until the Blue Raiders scored 14 unanswered points in the span of four minutes to cut the lead to within one at 58-59 with 4:13 remaining in the game.

The two teams battled for the next four minutes in search of a game winner. The Blue Raiders gained the lead after a jumper from Jackson Harlan made it 61-60 with 3:13 remaining. Three free throws from the Tigers gave the visitors the lead at 63-62 in the final minute of play. With a minute remaining, Jordan took the ball down court and hit a jumper to give the Blue Raiders the 64-63 lead. The upset wasn't quite in their grasps yet however as a free throw in the final 40 seconds allowed the Tigers to tie the game at 64 apiece and force overtime for the first time this season for the Blue Raiders.

In overtime the Tigers held a 68-66 lead with 1:13 remaining in the period before Jordan knocked down a vital three pointer for the Blue Raiders giving them the 69-68 advantage. A layup and two free throws from the Tigers spoiled the party as the visitors regained the lead in the final seconds and took the 72-69 victory.

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team will now return to the road for a three-game road stretch starting with Cumberland (Tenn.) on Monday. Tipoff is set for 8pmCT in Lebanon, TN.

This story was posted on 2022-02-05 22:42:09
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