|Hot 3-point shooting lifts Cougars by ’Cats|
|Written by Jim Metcalfe|
|Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:37 PM|
The main Cougar culprit was senior A.J. Smith (9 boards) with nine bombs en route to 28 markers, along with 16 from junior Matt Bidlack (5 boards, 3 steals) and 10 from sophomore Connor Holliday. The Cougars (11-10) canned 15-of-32 from beyond the arc to Jefferson’s 2-of-7 as senior Joey Hurless delivered 15 assists.
The Wildcats (4-16) received 26 counters and seven rebounds from junior Ross Thompson, recovering nicely from mid-season knee surgery. Freshman Trey Smith added 17. The Wildcats canned 22-of-32 free throws for 68.7 percent.
No matter what zone the Wildcats tried, the Cougars had the answer from long range. When A.J. Smith hit the first of his long-range baskets just 45 ticks into the game, the visitors led for good. In fact, he hit three triples in the first period alone as the Cougars canned 7-of-14 shots in the canto, 4-of-8 downtown. The Wildcats got four each from Thompson and Trey Smith and used the free-throw line — 7-of-8 in the period — to help stay close. When Kyle Keber hit a bomb from the left corner with 19 ticks showing, the Cougars led 20-11.
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