Men's Basketball: Panthers down Auburn-Montgomery 102-85 for fifth straight win

Men's Basketball: Panthers down Auburn-Montgomery 102-85 for fifth straight win

LaGrange downed Auburn-Montgomery 102-85 on Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers upped their record to 6-1 with their fifth straight win.

The Panthers were playing the NAIA Warhawks (7-3) for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The Panthers never trailed in getting their first win against AUM since a 64-62 victory in 1980, also in Mariotti. 

"We had a very solid all-around game today," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We played fundamental defense, rebounded well, and held their non-key players to limited offense.

"I was very pleased in how well we shared the ball and completed plays off of assists. Go Panthers!"

The Panthers got 21 points each from Justyn Olson and Mark Wagner. The pair was 12-for-12 at the free throw line.

The Panthers made 20-of-22 at the line in the game. There were 43 fouls called in the game, with three technicals whistled against the Warhawks.

The first technical came less than four minutes into the second half with the Panthers up 51-45. The call sparked a 13-0 run by the Panthers to build a 19-point lead.

The Panthers took their largest lead of 22, 84-62, with 6:13 left after a three-point play by Wagner. The Warhawks chipped away at the lead, drawing within seven, 84-77, with 3:39 left.

Olson scored the nine straight points to help the Panthers extend their lead to 96-83 with a minute remaining. Wagner and Jared Henderson hit a pair of free throws each for the 102-85 final.

Braxton Ford had 11 points, while Drew Vanderbrook also had 11 and Henderson finished with 10 coming off the bench. The Panthers' bench had a 35-14 edge over AUM's bench.

The Panthers also had a 53-48 edge in rebounding. Alex Bonner had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Panthers. Duncan Parker had three blocks to go with nine points.

The Panthers open USA South play next Saturday when they host Methodist at 4 p.m.