The St. Catharine College coaching staff was well aware of the 3-point shooting skills of guards Chase Spreen and Chase Cox for the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders who visited Lourdes Hall on Saturday for a Mid-South Conference match-up.. What the coaches hadn’t counted on, however, was a 6-6 forward burying a trey that proved a decisive point of the game.
But that is what happened when Charles Baker, who had attempted only five 3-poointers all season, nailed a 22 footer with 1:14 to play to thwart the Patriots’ comeback in the 86-80 Lindsey Wilson victory.
St. Catharine (8-8, 4-4) trailed 73-63 with just 2:31 to play but battled back to cut the deficit to 75-72. Then Baker, who seemed reluctant to fire the long range shot, put the raiders back up by six points. The patriots never got closer than five points in the final minute.
Lindsey Wilson (15-4, 7-1) took the lead for good at 32-31 with 58 seconds left in the opening half. They pushed that margin to 37-32 at the intermission. They led by as many as 11 points on three occasions in the second half before the patriots’ rally was snuffed out by Baker’s bomb.
The usual suspects did show up for Lindsey Wilson as Spreen was 3-5 from behind the arc and Cox made four treys in 10 attempts. The Blue Raiders were 9-20 (45 percent) from 3-point range while the Patriots were 5-20 (25 percent). Overall Lindsey Wilson shot 49 percent while the patriots hit 47 percent. Lindsey Wilson also held a 12 point advantage at the foul line as they were 23-31 to the Patriots 11-17.
Spreen led the Blue Raiders with 27 points while Cox and Kalen Kimberland scored 16 each. Wesley Hanspard led them in rebounding with eight but St. Catharine held a 38-34 advantage on the boards.
Patriot center Travis Wilkins, who has played in just five games since becoming eligible, was 10-12 from the field for 22 points. Wilkins is shooting 64 percent from the field in his five contests. He was joined in double figures by Kashiff Carr who had a team high 26 points and Melo Smith who had 22.
The victory left Lindsey Wilson in a tie for first place with Georgetown in the Mid-South Conference at 7-1. St. Catharine, at 4-4 tied for third with Pikeville and Cumberlands.
The Patriots are at home for two more games again this week. Thursday the Georgetown Tigers visit for an 8:00 game and Saturday at 4:00 Shawnee State provides the opposition.