Score was tied at 26 at halftime before Blue Raider rout
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- What was on display in the second half of the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball opener against Union (Ky.) College on Tuesday did not mirror the first-half action.
After going into halftime tied at 26 with the Bulldogs, the Blue Raiders came out in the second half and simply routed Union for a 78-59 win at Biggers Sports Center. The second half was all Lindsey Wilson as it outscored Union 52-33 behind five three-pointers from sophomore Chase Cox.
Union was led by Josh Hurd's 12 points, while Ryan Young backed him up with nine and Cody Miller and Brent Cork each added eight points on the night.
Holding onto the basketball and knocking down seven threes were huge for the Blue Raiders as they didn't help themselves on the glass, losing the rebound battle 40-36 despite getting a team-high eight boards from Spreen.
The solid outside shooting, combined with just 14 turnovers helped Lindsey Wilson take care of business in the second half as Union struggled against the Lindsey Wilson pressure, turning the ball over 22 times with just 11 assists.
While the second half provided plenty of excitement, including a dunk by senior Charles Baker that nearly brought the house down, the first half couldn't have gone much worse for either team.
Lindsey Wilson shot just 35.5 percent from the field in the half and hit just 1-of-6 shots from behind the arc. Due to the poor shooting it trailed by as many as eight points with just over three minutes to play after a second chance basket it the paint by Union's Miller.
Looking like it just needed a half to figure each other out since it was the first game of the season and Lindsey Wilson was using a bevy of new players, the Blue Raiders put together a monster run in the second half.
Coming out of the break Lindsey Wilson outscored the Bulldogs 18-10 to take a 44-36 lead on Kimberland's free throw with 12 minutes to play in the game.
As the half continued and Union continued to throw the ball away, Lindsey Wilson took advantage and reached leads as high as 22 points on a basket by junior Josh White in the final minute of the game.
The Blue Raiders are back in action at 5 p.m. CT on Friday against the Virginia University of Lynchburg at the Southern Virginia University Classic in Buena Vista, Va.