|February 09, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
#3 Lindsey Wilson
|Stats at a Glance||LWC-M||CU-M|
|FG Percentage||.558 (29-52)||.415 (22-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.529 (9-17)||.083 (1-12)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (5-8)||.667 (10-15)|
Watts - 1
Gillis - 1
Holt - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – A four-and-a-half minute scoring drought in the first half by Cumberland sparked a 17-7 Lindsey Wilson run to put the third-ranked Blue Raiders on track to a 72-55 victory Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Brian Blackmon scored a game-high 20 points for CU but no other Bulldog amounted double digits, while the Blue Raiders had three players score 11 or more points, led by 18 from Kalen Kimberland, 13 of which came in the second half.
Cumberland (8-17, 4-12) was cold from the floor, particularly from the 3-point line, going 1-12 on the night compared to LWC’s 9-of-17 from deep. The Blue Raider bench was a huge factor in the game, contributing 27 points, while the Bulldog reserves scored 10.
A lob from Blackmon to Elijah Gillis six minutes into the game inched CU to within one point, and a free throw by Creshaun Holt tied the game at 11. After a Jerret Towns’ jumper, the Bulldogs were only able to connect on one other field goal in a seven-minute stretch when Blackmon hit a shot with CU trailing 25-18.
With four minutes remaining until halftime, Holt nailed a jumper to cut LWC’s lead to single digits at 29-20, but a bucket by Kimberland and a 3-pointer by Chase Cox put the Blue Raiders up 34-22 at the break.
Nearly three minutes passed by in the second half before either squad put points on the board until Lindsey Wilson’s Daronte’ Clark made a layup, pushing his team’s lead to 14. The Bulldogs found a spark when Towns converted a 3-point play to cut LWC’s advantage to 11. However, the Blue Raiders drained a trifecta 49 seconds later, again extending the lead to 14.
On back-to-back trips down the floor, Charles Stewart collected a steal and dropped in a layup to slice the lead to 39-31 with 14:26 left in the game. But again, Kimberland and Cox were there to answer, with Kimberland hitting a layup and Cox netting a shot from beyond the arc to extend the Blue Raider lead to 13.
Two buckets by Blackmon brought CU to within nine with 11:33 seconds left to play, but a 9-3 LWC run put the score at 53-38 and the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.
Holt tallied eight points for Cumberland, while Gillis, Towns and Lester Gude each collected seven and Gillis also had seven rebounds.
For Lindsey Wilson (23-2, 13-2) Chris Bridges scored 15 points and Darren Ballou added 11.
Cumberland returns to action next week at home, facing Shawnee Stateon Thursday at 8 p.m. CT and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday at 4 p.m.