NASHVILLE, Tenn. - LaGrange led wire-to-wire in beating Farleigh Dickinson 80-70 in the Music City Classic at Volunteer State Community College on Saturday. The win evened the Panthers' season record at 5-5.
"It was a good day for us. We were able to get production out of most of the team, especially the first five guys, said Coach Kendal Wallace, who moved into second on the school's coaching career win list with 102. "
Alex Bonner and Travis Thompson have been staples in our offensive scheme. Duncan Parker has a done a very good job recently of leading our defense and rebounding."
Thompson led a balanced scoring for LC with 15 points, shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor. Bonner followed with 14 points and Lincoln Anderson had 11 in his first start of the season. Jalenn McCollum and Michael McCauley each had 10 points off the bench, making 9-of-11 shots. The Panthers shot a season-best 59.3 percent in the game. Parker pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Panthers quickly took control of the game. They had an early 8-0 run to jump out to a 10-2 lead. LC's lead swelled to 20 points when Thompson hit a jumper to make it 35-15. The Panthers took a 45-28 lead into halftime, shooting 60.0 percent in the half.
In the second half, the Panthers took their biggest lead with 5:52 remaining. Bonner made the second of two free throws to open up a 73-51 lead. FDU (0-11) cut the final margin to a respectable 10 points in the closing minutes against LC reserves.
"We are still trying to figure out our identity and with conference play coming up, we better hurry," Wallace pointed out. "I was very proud of how our freshmen played this weekend as well with Lincoln Anderson starting today and Gary Bishop providing a big spark for us yesterday. We still have a lot to learn to play to the level we are used to."
The Panthers play at USA South foe Piedmont on Wednesday. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.