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Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 16, 2010

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Nate Miller hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final three minutes to break open a tie and the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team never recovered, losing 77-69 to Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University on Thursday at Biggers Sports Center.

Miller finished with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc and Nick Lagroone added 20 points to lead the Warriors. Nikola Lambic was a force in the paint with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Michael Corpening also finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Brandon Clemons paced Lindsey Wilson (9-3) with 15 points as juniors Chase Spreen (13) and Justin Archie (10) and senior Jeremiah Diebler (10) all added double figures scoring.

The Blue Raiders were outrebounded (38-36) for the second time this season, despite holding an 18-13 advantage on the offensive glass.

There were 10 lead changes and six ties in a game that was played closer on the court than what the final score shows.

A pair of free throws by Kimberland with under three minutes to play tied the game at 59, but the game went quickly downhill from there for the Blue Raiders.

Miller converted on his two late threes and Lambic added a couple of dagger hook shots in the paint to pull ahead by as many as 10 points in the final minute. Archie and Spreen each made a pair of free throws in the final seconds, but it wasn't enough to climb back into contention.

Lindsey Wilson led 35-34 at halftime, but shooting woes kept it from being able to keep the advantage.

Souther Wesleyan (7-3) shot 47.2 percent from the field compared to just 36.9 percent by Lindsey Wilson. The Warriors also shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.

A bright spot for the Blue Raiders was at the free-throw line where they hit 15-of-18 attempts.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, Dec. 19 against East-West (Ill.) University at Biggers Sports Center. Admission to that game is free.

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