Men's Basketball: Mark Wagner scores career-high 33 points in 87-83 loss to Lynchburg

Men's Basketball: Mark Wagner scores career-high 33 points in 87-83 loss to Lynchburg

Mark Wagner's career night was not enough as Lynchburg edged LaGrange 87-83 in the Daytona Beach Shootout on Sunday.

The senior guard poured in a game best 33 points for the Panthers (7-2), who saw their six-game winning streak end. Wagner had 19 of his points in the second half.

Junior Justyn Olson was the only other Panther in double figures. Olson had 23 points, 14 in the second half. Olson and Wagner had 33 of the Panthers' 44 second half points.

"We played very selfish early in the game," said Coach Kendal Wallace. "We need to understand that every possession counts and when we waste possesions for individual accomplishments, it hurts the team.

"Missing 14 free throws and turning the ball over 22 times generally leads to a loss. We've got to bounce back tomorrow and get back to playing hard nosed defense."

The Panthers led 39-33 at halftime. They never trailed in the half and had their biggest lead, 25-14, after Jared Henderson hit two free throws.

Lynchburg (7-3) took their first lead, 47-45, with 15:44 left in the game on a basket by Zack Burnett, who led the Hornets with 20 points. The Panthers fell behind by as many as nine points before making a late run. 

Olson drained a 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining to draw the Panthers within two, 82-80. Wagner finished his night with another trey to make it 86-83 before the Hornets added a free throw for the 87-83 final.

The Panthers close out play in the tournament Monday against Eastern Connecticut State (8-3) at 4 p.m.