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Lindsey Wilson's Eric McPherson hit four free throws with less than 10 seconds to go and Lindsey Wilson ended Campbellsville University's hope of an upset with a 64-60 overtime win in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament in Frankfort on Friday.
CU (10-19) tied the game for the sixth time when Jordan Benock hit the first of two free throws with a minute to go in regulation, but Lindsey out-scored the Tigers 10-6 in the extra five-minute period.
"We did what we wanted to on defense," Tiger coach Keith Adkins said. "Offensively, we just never could get it clicking."
McPherson led all scorers and rebounders with a double-double, 32 points and 12 rebounds. Zach Allender led Campbellsville with 25 points and six boards, fouling out with nine seconds left.
"He scored half of their points," Adkins said, referring to McPherson. "This is an example of a team that had everything to play for and another that just couldn't get it together."
LWC tried to bury Campbellsville on a couple of occasions, leading 33-26 with 1:35 left in the first half and pulling out to a 47-40 lead with eight minutes to go in regulation. But CU always seemed to find a way to inch back.
The Tigers were able to tie the score at 50-50 and actually led by three, 53-50, when Benock put back a Shawn Savage miss at the 2:39 mark.
Lindsey out-rebounded the Tigers 37-29, but the Blue Raiders shot nine fewer free throws.
Campbellsville, which was 3-7 from the three-point line in the first half, was able to make only two of 15 in the second.
"Give Lindsey a lot of credit," Adkins said. "They're a great basketball team and will do well in Kansas City (where nationals will be played).
Adkins summed up his team as a never-ending struggle to find an identity.
"We had a couple (players) leave, a couple didn't buy in and we had a series of injuries that we never could rebound from."
"We never had a full allotment of players; we never knew who was going to be playing and at what position."