LaGrange turned back Covenant 76-65 to pick up a key USA South win Friday night in Mariotti Gym.
With the victory, the Panthers (16-6, 7-4 USA South) moved within a half-game of the third place Scots (13-8, 8-4 USA South).
The Panthers won despite missing their first 20 3-point shot attempts. They hit their final three attempts to wind up 3-for-23. But the Panthers made up for it with their best rebounding game of the season.
The Panthers had a 56-36 edge on the boards, setting a season-high for rebounds. They had a 16-7 advantage on the offensive glass, outscoring the Scots 16-2 on second chance points. Elijah Adedoyin and Drew Vanderbrook each had a game-high eight rebounds.
Covenant held the lead for the final nine minutes of the first half and led 34-31 at the break. The Scots led 48-41 midway through the second half.
Tyler Langston hit the Panthers' first 3-pointer of the game with 10:04 left. Langston's trey sparked a 14-2 run by the Panthers.
Wagner made a steal at the defensive end and scored off a layup at the other end to tie the game at 50. Ford's layup off another Scot turnover gave the Panthers a 52-50 lead and they never trailed again.
A 3-pointer by Wagner pushed the Panthers' lead to 11, 66-55, with 3:44 remaining. The Scots crept within five points with 40 seconds left.
But Wagner made a pair of free throws and fed Adedoyin for a basket, before Vanderbrook hit two more free throws to seal the 76-65 win.
The Panthers host Maryville on Saturday at 6 p.m. for Senior Day.