January 17, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)262147
Lindsey Wilson463682
Stats at a GlanceCU-MLIND
FG Percentage.333 (19-57) .593 (35-59)
3P FG Percentage.214 (3-14) .400 (6-15)
FT Percentage.429 (6-14) .857 (6-7)
Offensive Rebounds167
Defensive Rebounds1727
Total Rebounds3334
Bench Points00
PointsGillis - 9
Kimberland - 13
Clark - 13
ReboundsGillis - 9
Scott - 7
AssistsStripling - 2
Prather - 2
Kimberland - 5
StealsStripling - 3
Cox - 3
BlocksGillis - 1
Watts - 3
Hot shooting by No. 8 LWC dooms CU
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hot shooting by No. 8 LWC dooms CU
Elijah Gillis registered nine points and nine rebounds versus Lindsey Wilson College Thursday night. (Credit Steve Wampler)

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cumberland University was unable to overcome Lindsey Wilson College’s 59 percent field goal shooting in an 82-47 loss at the Biggers Sports Center Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (6-11, 2-7) managed only 19 field goals compared to the Blue Raiders’ 35 on the night. Cumberland came into the game averaging 73 points per game, and set a season low with the 47-point output. Elijah Gillis was the high scorer for the Bulldogs, netting nine points and also grabbing nine rebounds.

The game started off on a good note with Lester Gude banging in a 3-pointer to put CU on the scoreboard, up 3-0. LWC’s Chase Cox and Wesley Hanspard awoke the Blue Raiders and contributed a combined nine unanswered points to give the Blue Raiders a 9-3 lead.

Trailing 18-9 at the 12:50 mark, Charles Stewart scored a basket in the lane to put the Bulldogs within seven. LWC’s Daronte’ Clark followed with a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run, growing the Blue Raiders’ lead to 27-11. Gillis got into the action with a 3-pointer of his own and a bucket in the paint to decrease the lead to nine, and a field goal by Brian Blackmon brought CU to within seven with 6:18 left in the half.

In the final six minutes of the first half, the Bulldogs were unable to hit a field goal, only connecting on two Gillis free throws. Meanwhile, Lindsey Wilson capped the end of the half with a 15-2 run, upping the lead to 46-26 at the break.

Throughout the second half the Blue Raiders’ lead would steadily increase due to minutes of scoreless action from the Bulldogs while LWC seemed to be hitting from everywhere on the court. A 3-pointer by Lindsey Wilson’s Brian Nichols at the nine-minute mark extended the Blue Raider lead to 76-36. Cumberland closed out the game hitting their last four-of-seven shots, including two from Cameron Prather and one each from Stewart and Ryan Slusher.

Clark and Kalen Kimberland each tallied 13 points for Lindsey Wilson (17-2, 7-2) and Hanspard contributed a dozen.

Cumberland travels on Saturday to Campbellsville University for a 3 p.m. CT contest.