FRANKFORT, Ky. – Top-seeded Lindsey Wilson took care of business in the first half, building a 42-27 lead over No. 4-seed Campbellsville (Ky.) at halftime, in order to hold off the Tigers for a 72-61 win on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Blue Raiders (28-4, 16-4 MSC) advance to Sunday's championship game at 4:30 p.m. CT against the winner between No. 2-seed Pikeville (Ky.) and No. 3-seed Georgetown (Ky.).
This is the first appearance in the title game for Lindsey Wilson since the 2004-05 season when it beat Pikeville 80-61.
On Saturday night it was Kalen Kimberland forging the way for the Blue Raiders. The senior finished with a team-high 16 points, hitting 7 of 11 free throws, while also dishing out a team-best four assists. Chris Bridges added 13 points, hitting a pair of threes and Tony Horne finished with 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Campbellsville was led by Justin Ennis with a game-high 18 points and Sean Scott joined him in double figures with 10. Jordan Meyers was the leading rebounder for the Tigers with seven as both teams finished with 33 boards on the night.
Six minutes into the game, Campbellsville jumped ahead by eight at 14-6 on a three by Scott. Then Lindsey Wilson went on one of their trademark runs, scoring the next 12 points in the game to suddenly lead 18-14 after a three of its own from DeAntra Scott.
Lindsey Wilson finished the half with two more 8-0 scoring runs to turn what was a closely contested game into a 42-27 rout over the final seven minutes of the half.
But like rivalry games usually do, it became interesting again with Campbellsville using a 7-2 run to open the second half. After Scott hit another three, the Tigers were down just five with 14 minutes to play.
Luckily for Lindsey Wilson, the Tigers could not take care of the basketball.
The turnovers added up to 20 by the end of the game, not allowing them to keep up their comeback pace. The Blue Raiders needed the help as they struggled themselves from the free-throw line, hitting 23 of 35 attempts. Bad shooting, combined with the turnovers allowed Lindsey Wilson to keep its lead around 10 points the rest of the game.
The Blue Raiders outshot the Tigers 45.8 to 39.1 percent from the field, while Campbellsville did the most damage from three, hitting 9-of-19 shots. Like the Blue Raiders, the Tigers struggled from the line, hitting 16-of-25 attempts.
With the win, Lindsey Wilson is one up against Campbellsville in head-to-head action as the two teams split their regular-season matchups with each team winning on the road.