Men's Basketball: Second half surge sends Maryville past Panthers

Men's Basketball: Second half surge sends Maryville past Panthers

MARYVIlle, Tenn. - Maryville used a second half surge to down LaGrange 84-60 in a USA South game Saturday.

Alex Bonner led the Panthers (10-3, 2-1 USA South) with 16 points. Bonner was 6-of-8 from the floor in the game. Drew Vanderbrook added 14 points and Mark Wagner 10. 

"Well, the ol' ball coach (longtime Maryville coach Randy Lambert) was certainly ready for us today," said Coach Kendal Wallace, who played and coached for Lambert. "Maryville is a storied program and those kids want to be champions just like us.

"We didn't play well as a team. Our offense was stagnant and they shot tremendously well."

The Panthers trailed 33-32 at halftime. The Scots (10-3, 2-1 USA South) scored the game's first nine points. The Panthers answered with a 13-3 run, capped by a Vanderbrook 3-pointer to go up 13-12.

Bonner completed a three-point play to give the Panthers a 25-24 lead with 3:43 left in the half. He tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to finish a 7-0 run to end the half to make it a one point game.

In the second half, the Panthers never regained the lead. They stayed within striking distance the first six minutes of the half, but the Scots were able to build a double-digit lead and pull away.

"We weren't hungry today. Maryville wanted it more than we did," pointed out Wallace. We have to regroup and get back to believing in each other and playing as a team to continue winning games in this conference."

The Panthers host Huntingdon in a USA South game Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.