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Basketball: LWC Men fall to Bethel in conference opener

By Kyle Jackson

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team picked up their second loss of the season, dropping their conference opener to Bethel (TN) 57-74.

Elijah Jordan led the Blue Raiders (5-2, 0-1 MSC) in scoring with 20 points on the night while shooting nine for 15 from the floor and two for three from beyond the arc. Mark Edmond, Lucas Ribeiro, and Giir Ring all finished the night with four rebounds while Payton Cundiff scored 12 points going four of eight from the three-point line.

As a team, the Blue Raiders shot 31.8 percent from the floor while shooting 33.3 percent from behind the arc compared to the Wildcats 48.4 percent from the floor and 27.3 from the three-point line. The Blue Raiders were out rebounded the Wildcats 42-27 while Lindsey Wilson recorded only 12 points off 14 Bethel turnovers.

In the first half, the Wildcats dominated possession and scoring, extending their big lead to over 10 points, six times in the opening 15 minutes. The Blue Raiders struggled to score, shooting only 33.3 percent going 10 for 30 from the floor in the first half. Jordan added a spark scoring 14 points, but the Blue Raiders had a mountain to climb trailing 26-38 at the half.

In the second half, the Blue Raiders continued to struggle to find the basket going 11 of 36 from the floor shooting only 30.6 percent in the half. Cundiff added three jumpers from beyond the arc to cut the lead down, but his sharp shooting wasn't enough to propel a comeback from the Blue Raiders.

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team will continue conference play on November 20 when they travel to Freed-Hardeman (TN). Tipoff is slated for 4pmCT.

This story was posted on 2021-11-19 08:09:19
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