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Basketball: LWC men fall short against Shawnee State

By Christopher Webster

The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team failed to score over the final two minutes of play as their upset bid over defending national champions Shawnee State (OH) fell short in a 67-63 loss at Biggers Sports Center on Thursday evening.

The team returns to action on Saturday, December 4, 2021, battling Thomas More (KY). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pmCT at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.

Elijah Jordan led the Blue Raiders (7-4, 0-3 MSC) in scoring with 18 points while shooting seven for eight from the free-throw line. Calvin Fugett chipped in with 13 points along with four steals and two assists.

The Blue Raiders started the game hot, knocking down three of their first four shots to take a 9-0 lead two and a half minutes into the game. Jordan penetrated the defense and passed out to the wing for a three-pointer from Giir Ring for the first points of the night. Jordan hit a three-pointer of his own along with another shot from beyond the arc from Ring to take a nine-point advantage with 17:30 remaining in the half.

Lindsey Wilson continued to hit shots from beyond the arc as Fugett, Jackson Harlan, and Payton Cundiff each hit a three-pointer as the Blue Raiders grew their lead 20-8. The Bears (6-2, 2-1 MSC) continued to fight, responding with a 17-4 run to take the lead with 6:29 left in the half.

Shawnee State took a double-digit lead late in the first half, but a midrange jump shot by Johrdon Mumford and a pair of free throws by Jordan cut the lead as Lindsey Wilson trailed 37-31 going into halftime.

The Blue Raiders quickly tied the game starting the second half with a 6-0 run on a layup by Fugett and a pair of scores by Jordan. Both sides trade baskets over the next few minutes before Lindsey Wilson pushed the lead to five on scores from Jordan and Fugett with 14:42 left in the game.

Lindsey Wilson extended the lead as back-to-back three-pointers by Connor Robinson and Ring ignited the Blue Raiders to a double-digit lead. Like the first half, Shawnee State rallied with a 12-6 run to cut the lead 58-56 with 6:57 left on the clock.

The Bears tied the game on a layup by Amier Gilmore with 67 seconds remaining. On the following offensive possession, Miles Thomas earned a trip to the free-throw line and hit both to take a two-point lead with 32 seconds remaining.

The Blue Raiders had two opportunities to win as three-pointers by Ring and Jordan didn't fall late and Lindsey Wilson fell to Shawnee State 67-63.

This story was posted on 2021-12-03 07:10:47
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