GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men’s basketball team was able to hold off a furious comeback attempt by Georgetown (Ky.) as the Blue Raiders topped the Tigers 76-74 on Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The No. 2-ranked Blue Raiders (20-2, 5-2 Mid-South Conference) saw a 14-point lead diminish in the final minutes, but the fifth-ranked Tigers (19-3, 4-3 MSC) had their buzzer-beating game-winner ruled out after the ball hit the support beam of the backboard before going in the hoop as the horn sounded.
After Lindsey Wilson led by 10 at halftime, the majority of the second half featured the two squads trading baskets, with the Blue Raiders attempting to hold off run after run from the high-scoring Georgetown offense, who leads the NAIA in points per game (101.9). For 17 minutes and 28 seconds, the lead fluctuated between 14 and eight points. Every time Georgetown would cut the deficit down to eight, the Blue Raiders were able to respond and cushion the lead back to 14, despite having a pair of players with four fouls and another three with three fouls on an eight-man lineup with nine minutes to play.
A Bryan Wallace three-point play with 16:34 to go made it 54-40, only for Georgetown to cut it back to eight at 58-50 with 13:05 left. A three pointer by Hannes Erhardt, his first of the season, made it 66-52 with 11:04 to go, only for the Tigers to cut it back down to eight at 66-58 with 8:30 to play.
Again the lead swelled to 14 with 5:34 to play after an Erhardt free throw made it 72-58, but that’s when the Tigers put together their best run of the day.
From the 5:11 mark on, Georgetown hit shot after shot, going on a 13-2 run and finally breaking through the eight-point threshold after a three pointer by Troy Steward made it 74-71 with 1:54 to go.
LWC had chances to ice the game late at the foul line, but the Blue Raiders went just 2-for-6 across the final 45 seconds, giving the Tigers a glimmer of hope. Georgetown made a three with 1.2 seconds to go to make it 76-74, and nearly delivered the devastating blow on the ensuing inbounds pass.
Georgetown’s Darion Burns stole the inbounds pass deep in the corner and turned and fired a three pointer that went in, but it was ruled that the ball clipped the support beam of the backboard out of play as time expired and the shot did not count as a result, allowing the Blue Raiders to hang on for victory.
Wallace finished with his first double-double of the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Hamlette posted 17 points and made 4-of-5 three pointers. Kel Stotts had 15 points and Erhardt finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The start of the contest saw the two squads both come out firing as they went shot-for-shot in the opening five minutes. Georgetown scored six straight, only for LWC to answer with five-straight points. The Tigers’ first three pointer of the game gave them a 15-13 lead, but that prompted a 10-0 run from Lindsey Wilson, Hamlette and Wallace each scoring five in the spurt to put LWC ahead 23-15.
Georgetown cut back into the lead, using their quick transition offense to trim the deficit down to four at 29-25. The Blue Raiders had an answer though with seven-straight points, pushing the lead into double digits at 36-25 following back-to-back three pointers from Wallace.
The two teams went back to trading baskets from there as Lindsey Wilson was able to maintain a 10-point, 42-32 lead at halftime.
The Blue Raiders shot 57.7 percent (15-26) from the floor and posted a 7-for-10 mark from beyond the arc. Georgetown struggled shooting the ball, making 13-of-39 attempts (33.3 percent) and hitting just 2-of-17 from beyond the arc, while also shooting 4-for-11 from the free throw line.
Wallace posted 17 points in the opening half with a trio of three pointers while Hamlette was perfect in the opening half, hitting all four of his attempts from the floor, including three three-pointers and adding a pair of free throws.
Lindsey Wilson finished the contest shooting 47.5 percent and made 11-of-23 three pointers while Georgetown shot 41.2 percent for the game and hit just 7-of-27 three pointers for 26.0 percent, well below their season average of 40.0.
Steward scored 24 points for the Tigers in the loss while Quan Poindexter had 16.
Lindsey Wilson is back in action on Feb. 1 as the Blue Raiders head to Cumberland (Tenn.).