MARYVILLE, Tenn. - LaGrange charged into the semifinals of the USA South Tournament with an 88-76 win over N.C. Wesleyan on Thursday on the campus of Maryville College.
The Panthers (16-10) beat the Bishops (13-13) for the second time this season. The Panthers will face Greensboro on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Panthers led for all but a span of 2:36 in the second half. They led by as many as 11 in the first half before the Bishops cut it to three, 46-43, by halftime.
The Bishops tied the game at 46 on their first possession of the second half. They had their only lead after a layup by Shannon Huff put them up 60-59 with 13:26 remaining.
Robinson's layup broke a 61-61 tie at the 9:26 mark. The Panthers never trailed again.They pulled away in the final two minutes.
The Panthers were 10-of-12 at the free throw line during the stretch. Robinson's shot with 1:45 left was the only Panther basket during the closing minutes.
The Bishops had a 48-41 edge in rebounding. But the Panthers forced 20 turnovers, aided by 14 steals, while only commiting eight.