Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
|Stats at a Glance||CU||LIND|
|FG Percentage||.424 (25-59)||.414 (24-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (5-12)||.211 (4-19)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.577 (15-26)|
- 19||Bryan Wallace
Ty Sean Powell - 7
- 6||Bryan Wallace
- 3||Jordan Hamlette
- 1||Nic Brown
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Bryan Wallace made three free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining and eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson ended the game on an 11-5 run, pulling out a 67-65 victory over Cumberland in men’s basketball action here Saturday at the Biggers Sports Center.
Wallace was fouled on a 3-pointer attempt with 1.8 seconds to play in the contest, a questionable foul call at that, but the senior coolly knocked down all three foul shots. Diondrey Holt, Jr., was knocked down on the inbounds pass and made the first free throw for Cumberland. His second attempt rattled around but no Phoenix player was able to grab it for a putback attempt, ending a gritty effort for the Phoenix.
Cumberland trailed 54-49 with eight minutes to play but put together a 15-4 spurt over the next five minutes. Andrew Rogan made a 3-pointer and had another field goal, evening the game at 56.
Holt, Jr.’s two foul shots and a runner off the glass gave the Phoenix a 60-56 edge. Charles Sweatt-Washington’s tough drive and another bucket by Holt, Jr., made it a 64-58 Cumberland lead with just under three minutes to play.
From there Cumberland was unable to score, missing three layups at the rim against LWC seven-footer Nic Brown, all three missing high off the glass over the big man. Wallace made an 18-footer and then a 15-footer on the baseline to pull the Blue Raiders within two. Rhyan Townes’ miss ended up in the hands of Brown, who made both foul shots with 49.2 seconds remaining.
Holt, Jr., missed the last chance for Cumberland, though Rogan nearly stole a pass on the other end with Lindsey Wilson on the fast break. That set-up the final sequence for Wallace to win the contest.
Wallace netted a game-high 26 points with six rebounds and seven assists for the Blue Raiders. Kel Stotts posted 13 points and Brown collected 12 and four blocks.
Sweatt-Washington led the Phoenix with 19 points, 13 of those in the first half, while Holt, Jr., and Rogan each recorded 14. Ty Sean Powell posted five points and a team-best seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action off the bench.
The teams went back-and-forth to start the contest, with neither team leading by more two points for the first nine minutes. Sweatt-Washington’s basket and the foul knotted the game at 14, but the Blue Raiders scored the next nine points and 13 of the next 16.
Wallace and Jordan Hamlette each made a 3-pointer and another field goal during the run, Hamlette’s triple giving LWC a 27-17 advantage with just under five minutes left in the half. A 3-pointer by Stotts made it 33-24 at the three-minute mark of the period.
Trenton Perry answered with a triple for the Phoenix, starting an 11-3 spurt to end the half for CU. Holt, Jr., hit a runner and Sweatt-Washington nailed a pair of 3-pointers, the second one in the last five seconds to pull the Phoenix within 36-35 at intermission.
Sweatt-Washington netted 13 points off the bench for Cumberland in the half, hitting 5-of-7 shots overall. No other player had more than five points and CU committed 10 miscues, which the Blue Raiders turned into 12 points. Wallace paced the home team with 12 points, but LWC made just 8-of-16 at the foul line.
Cumberland takes on sixth-ranked University of Pikeville on Thursday and travels to Shawnee State next Saturday to end a three-game road swing to begin Mid-South Conference action.