Men's Basketball: Greensboro edges Panthers 81-78 in USA South battle

Men's Basketball: Greensboro edges Panthers 81-78 in USA South battle

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Greensboro edged LaGrange 81-78 in a USA South game Monday afternoon.

The loss left the Panthers (13-4, 4-2 USA South) tied with the Pride (10-7, 4-2 USA South) for second place in the conference, one game back of Covenant.

After the game Coach Kendal Wallace pointed out how the Panthers finished ahead Greensboro in a number of statistics except for the final score.

"We had more possessions. We took more shots. We had more steals. We had less turnovers. We had more offensive rebounds but came up short on the number of points," said Wallace. "And we had more made field goals. We only made half of our free throws. Greensboro was ready for us and their best players stepped up." 

Justyn Olson led five Panthers in double figures with 15 points. Mark Wagner and Elijah Adedoyin followed Olson with 14 points each, while Alex Bonner had 12 and Mike White 11.

The Panthers led 37-36 at halftime. The first half saw the score tied twice and their were 12 lead changes. Jacob Gaetanos made 1-fo-2 free throws to give the Panthers the lead at the break. Olson and White had 17of the Panthers' points.

Greensboro regained the lead at the outset of the second half. The Pride held the lead for over 10 mintues.

Bonner scored with 9:26 remaining to put LC up 60-59. It was the last lead for the Panthers, as the Pride built an 76-68 lead with less than three minutes to go.

Wagner drained a 3-pointer to make it 79-75 with 18 seconds left. After the Pride made two free throws, Wagner hit another 3 at the buzzer for the 81-78 final.

"I'm proud of the way we battled but we didn't have our mental focus tonight," Wallace noted. "We now have to bounce back with two good days of practice and hit the road to Virginia to play two good teams this weekend."

The Panthers remain on the road with USA South games Saturday at Ferrum and Sunday at Averett.