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Basketball: LWC Men start new year with two conference games

The Blue Raider men's basketball team will hit the hardwood for the first time in 2023 with a pair of conference foes.

Lindsey Wilson enters the new year with an overall record of 5-9, including a mark of 1-8 against Mid-South opponents, and will be aiming to lock up its first true road victory of the season when it visits Wilberforce University on Thursday.

The locals hold a 4-1 series advantage versus the Bulldogs. All but one of those meetings, however, took place prior to the 1999-2000 season. The most recent game between the two sides came back on November 24, 2015, in Columbia and ended with an 88-69 result in favor of the Blue Raiders.

Wilberforce comes into this week's contest having lost its last six games, all of which were in-league. The 'Dogs are led offensively by the likes of Cali Davis and Bobby McFadden, who are posting 12.8 and 9.1 points per outing, respectively, with Davis doing most of his damage off the bench. The duo also ranks one-two in assists per game for Wilberforce, while McFadden's 4.8 rebounds per appearance are second-best on the team as well.

Historically, Lindsey Wilson is boasting a 93.4 scoring average against the Bulldogs, compared to a showing of 81.6 by the opposition.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, the Blue Raiders return home for the first time in three weeks to host No. 2 Thomas More University.

The Saints, who were ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches Poll earlier this season, have struggled with their fellow Mid-South schools since opening the 2022-23 campaign with nine consecutive wins.

In its last three conference games, Thomas More is 1-2 with the lone positive result being an 84-81 overtime win at Bethel (TN), a team Lindsey Wilson defeated, 103-75, on December 1.

Redshirt junior Reid Jolly actively leads the conference in scoring at 18.8 points a game and is ranked fifth in rebounding - 6.9.

Saturday's match-up is set to be just the 11th ever between Lindsey Wilson and Thomas More. The Saints have won six straight in the all-time series. In fact, the Blue Raiders' last home win versus Thomas More came back on January 28, 1988, by means of overtime.

Lindsey Wilson features four different scorers averaging in double-figures over the last five games, including Teshaun Beckles who made his first appearance of the season versus Pikeville on December 17 and contributed 13 points.

All told, Elijah Jordan continues to pace the Blue Raiders overall with the fifth-highest scoring mark in all the Mid-South - 16.6. He also currently holds the league's best three-point field goal percentage at 0.515.

Live video of this weekend's action can be found on the Lindsey Wilson Sports Network.

This story was posted on 2023-01-05 08:46:02
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