Men's Basketball: Panthers return to action Saturday with USA South game at Covenant

Men's Basketball: Panthers return to action Saturday with USA South game at Covenant

The LaGrange basketball team returns from its holiday break with a USA South game at Covenant on Saturday.

The Panthers are 8-2 overall and 1-0 in USA South play. They defeated Methodist 97-79 in Mariotti Gym on Dec. 12 in their opening conference game. The Panthers are off to their best start under fifth-year head coach Kendal Wallace and the best overall since the 1992-93 season.

The Panthers defeated Eastern Connecticut 61-53 at the Daytona Beach Shootout in their last outing Dec. 21. Senior Mark Wagner had a career-high 33 points in a 87-83 loss to Lynchburg in the first game of the tournament. 

Wagner is currently leading the USA South in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. Junior Justyn Olson, who led the Panthers with 18 points against Eastern Connecticut, is averaging 14.9 points per game.

Olson leads the team and is second in the conference with 20 steals. Wagner (18) and sophomore Alex Bonner (17) give the Panthers three of the conference's top five in steals.

As a team, the Panthers are second in the USA South in scoring, averaging 87.9 points per game. They are third in rebounding (42.4 per game) and in steals (10.4 per game).

Covenant comes into the game 5-5 overall and playing its conference opener. The Scots lost 76-63 at Emory on Wednesday. Senior guard T.J. Cox leads the team and is fifth in the USA South in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. Sophomore forward Patjo Twagirayezu pulls down a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. The Scots are third in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 70.8 points per game.

Covenant Info: 
Location: Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Colors: Royal Blue, White
Enrollment: 1,1135
Head Coach: Kyle Taylor
Record at CC/Yrs: 52-111 (7th year)
Career Record/Yrs: 52-111 (7th year) 
2014-15 Record: 9-17 (7-7 USA South)

The Series:
Overall: Tied 9-9 (LaGrange has won three in a row)
at Mariotti: LaGrange leads 5-4
at Covenant: Tied 4-4
at Neutral Site: Covenant leads 1-0
First Game Played: 1994 (Covenant 85-57)
Last Game Played: 2015 (LC 83-68)