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Basketball: LWC Men hoping for all treats and no tricks

For the first time since 2015, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team will play on Halloween Night, as they host its 2022-23 season opener against the Bearcats of Brescia University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pmCT, following the conclusion of the Lindsey Wilson women's basketball game, which is also against the Bearcats.

The Blue Raiders, led by third-year head coach Chris Starks, are coming off a 2021-22 campaign in which they began with five wins in their first six games en route to another appearance in the Mid-South Conference postseason.

Elijah Jordan is back for the locals after averaging 13.3 points per game a season ago. The Florida native has led the team in scoring in each of the previous two seasons while also being named an all-conference honoree two years running as well. He is flanked by fellow upperclassmen and three-point threat Payton Cundiff, who is actively on pace to contend with Joe McGeorge's current all-time program record of 304 career three-point field goals.

Others due back for the Blue Raiders include the likes of Jamyus Jones, Connor Robinson, and Mark Edmond. The latter of the three was an instrumental piece of Lindsey Wilson's all-around efforts last year, finishing ranked first in total rebounds and blocked shots, second in total steals, third in total assists, and fourth in scoring with a 7.9 average. Jones and Robinson fell in right behind Edmond in that last category, contributing 7.0 and 6.6 points per contest, respectively.

Brescia comes to Columbia for their regular season opener after falling to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 101-60 on Thursday. The Bearcats closed the 2021-22 season with a 7-22 overall record, and just like the Blue Raiders, Monday will be Brescia's first game played on Halloween since 2015.

Leading the 'Cats is their leading scorer from a season ago, Tayton Smith. The sophomore guard posted 17.1 points per game behind a 0.474 mark from the field. Smith was also the team's second-leading rebounder last year, corralling 6.0 boards a night.

Lindsey Wilson and Brescia are set to meet for the 49th time on Monday at Biggers Sports Center. The Blue Raiders currently hold a 37-11 edge against their in-state foe, including wins in the last five games, and nine of the last ten.

"This team is ready to go," expressed coach Starks. "They are tired of beating up on each other and I'm tired of seeing them beat up on each other. We did not see any outside competition during the preseason, so we're chomping at the bit. Hopefully, we will get a good turn out on Halloween Night to open up the season!"

This story was posted on 2022-10-31 15:27:27
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