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Kel Stotts, Bryan Wallace lead Blue Raider win over Life

No. 2 Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball stays unbeaten with 83-71 victory over No. 25 Life
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By Charles Balcom, LWC Assistant Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, KY - (Thu 18 Jan 2018) The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team kept the perfect season rolling as the No. 2-ranked Blue Raiders defeated No. 25 Life (Ga.) 83-71 on Thursday night at Biggers Sports Center.

Bryan Wallace and Kel Stotts combined to go a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe during the final 39 seconds to help put the game away and move the Blue Raiders to 18-0 overall and 4-0 in Mid-South Conference play. Life drops to 14-6 overall and 2-2 in league play with the loss. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for LWC against the Running Eagles.

Stotts finished with a game-high 19 points while Wallace added 15 points, four assists and six steals. Nic Brown posted his seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Brown also racked up three blocks, placing him atop the program's all-time career blocks list with 125 career blocks. He broke a tie with former Blue Raider Thyrina Penn (1996-98). Jordan Hamlette posted 17 points with a quartet of three pointers and Charles Sutton added 11 points.

Lindsey Wilson got off to a hot start, scoring the first 10 points of the game, part of a 13-3 early lead. Conversely, the Running Eagles missed on their first nine attempts from the floor, finally hitting a basket at the 15:17 mark. That helped jumpstart an 8-3 run for Life as the Running Eagles cut the lead down to five points at 21-16 before Hamlette hit another three, his fourth of the first half to make it 24-16.

The remainder of the half was a back-and-forth affair as the two squads exchanged baskets while LWC continued to lead, but were unable to create separation as the Blue Raiders never led by more than eight, and Life never trailed by more than five. Lindsey Wilson eventually took a 35-29 lead into halftime.

LWC shot 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) from the floor with five made three pointers, while Life shot 8-for-31 (25.8 percent), also with five three pointers. Hamlette led LWC in scoring at the break with 12 points, while Brown already hit double-digit rebounds with 10.

Life came out of halftime with a three to cut the lead down to three points, but that prompted a strong response from Lindsey Wilson as the Blue Raiders rolled off a 16-3 run, extending the lead to 51-35 with 14:40 to play. The LWC defense came up big during the stretch, recording both blocks and steals.

But Life once again had a quick response of its own, scoring nine-straight points to cut the lead to 51-44 with just under 13 minutes to play.

Wallace then recorded one of his six steals and completed a three-point play to push the lead back to double digits at 54-44.

A few possessions later, Life had trimmed the lead down to six points at 56-50 with 9:14 to play, but that's as close as the Running Eagles would come for the remainder of the contest.

The Blue Raiders continued to make strong defensive stands and hit tough layups down the stretch to help rebuild the lead, extending it to 69-55 after a pair of Wallace free throws at the 4:27 mark.

The Running Eagles made one final push late, cutting the lead down to 79-71 after fouling and hitting a couple three pointers, but the steady LWC free throw shooters put things away for the Blue Raiders.

Lindsey Wilson finished the game shooting 49.1 percent from the floor compared to 31.9 percent by the Running Eagles. The Blue Raiders won the rebounding battle 45-37, and had more blocks (5-1), steals (10-9) and assists (16-13).

Michael Miller led Life with 15 points in the loss. Undra Mitchem had 14, Zach Landis finished with 13 and Ivan Benkovic had 12.

This story was posted on 2018-01-19 06:34:57
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