Lindsey Wilson takes down Rio men

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Daronte' Clark scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in a 13-0 first half scoring spurt which sparked Lindsey Wilson College to what became a 91-75 win over the University of Rio Grande, Thursday night, in Mid-South Conference men's basketball action at the Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders, who won for the third time in four games on the heels of a five-game losing streak, improved to 15-14 overall and 6-11 in league play with the victory.

Head coach Paul Peck's club also secured a spot next week's MSC Tournament with the win regardless of the outcome of Saturday's regular season finale against Shawnee State.

Rio Grande, which saw its losing streak reach a season-high five games, slipped to 16-12 overall and 9-8 inside the conference.

The RedStorm, who dropped out of the NAIA Division I Top 25 earlier this week for the first time in more than a month, can finish no lower than the No. 6 seed.

However, the RedStorm could also end up as part of a complicated four-way tie for third place with a win over Cumberland University on Saturday, coupled with a Campbellsville win over Bluefield and a St. Catharine loss to Pikeville.

Behind a quick start by sophomore guard D.D. Joiner (Columbus, OH), who scored all of Rio Grande's first 13 points, the RedStorm enjoyed a one-point lead with 13:31 left in the first half, but Clark nailed consecutive three-pointers to kickstart the game-changing run and give Lindsey Wilson a lead it would never relinquish.

Rio twice closed to within seven points inside the final six minutes of the opening stanza, but the Blue Raiders eventually enjoyed an 18-point halftime lead and extended their cushion to as many as 23 points inside the opening minute of the second half.

A 9-0 run by the RedStorm sliced the deficit to 50-36 after freshman forward Bilal Young (Cleveland, OH) hit one of two free throws with 16:32 left to play, but that's as close as they got the rest of the night.

Tyrie Orosco led five other Lindsey Wilson players in double figures with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while D'on Hall added 14 points. Both players also had three steals.

The Blue Raiders also got 12 points from Tony Horne and a 10-point, eight-assist, seven-rebound performance from Keshaun Mayfield in their winning effort.

Rio Grande, which is playing both ends of the road swing without the services of its leading scorer, junior forward Josh Reagan (Cleveland, OH), following his ejection from last Saturday's loss to Pikeville, equaled a season-high with 12 three-point goals.

However, the RedStorm were an uncharacteristic 13-of-20 from the free throw line, while also being outrebounded 42-29 and committing 20 turnovers.

Joiner had a game-high 24 points and three steals in the loss, while senior guard Ricky Tisdale (Bolivar, TN) had 13 points, junior guard Evan Legg (Piketon, OH) netted 12 and senior guard Jermaine Warmack tossed in 10 points to go along with six assists.

Saturday's game at Cumberland University is slated to tipoff at approximately 5 p.m. EST from the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in Lebanon, Tenn.

A live, audio-only webcast of the game will be available at www.ihigh.com/redstorm beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m.