OWENSBORO, Ky. - Senior guard Derek Billing scored a career-high
41 points to keep a foul-ridden Lake Superior State men's
basketball team in Wednesday's game, and a strong supporting cast
secured a 109-90 pre-Thanksgiving victory over Kentucky
UKW (1-5) was within two points of LSSU (6-0) with 7:38
remaining until the Lakers took off on a 13-3 run to go ahead 88-76
with 4:26 remaining. Devin Daly, Cameron Metz, Billing and Tony
Harris all scored during the run.
Kentucky Wesleyan cut the lead to seven points, 94-87, with 1:58
remaining, but Lucas Holt and Harris were a combined 9-of-10 at the
free-throw line to protect LSSU's advantage.
Billing scored 20 first-half points as LSSU led 47-41 at
Billing was 7-of-11 from three-point range and had five assists
before fouling out late in the game. Starters Alex Williams, Jake
Blake and Metz, and reserve forward Daly also fouled out as
Kentucky Wesleyan was 28-of-40 at the free throw line.
Harris finished with 18 points and six assists, and Metz added
14 points. Daly and Holt, coming off the bench, combined for 16
points and 10 rebounds.
LSSU shot 64 percent from the field, including 15-of-24 from
three-point range, and made 25-of-32 free throws.
Lonnie Hayes scored 33 points, and Ken-Jah Bosley added 14
points and seven rebounds to lead UKW. The Panthers shot 52.9
percent from the field, including 8-of-19 from behind the arc. They
held a 26-25 rebounding edge.
It was the first meeting between the two teams. LSSU improved to
5-4 against opponents from the newly-formed G-MAC.