Coach Kendal Wallace picked up his 100th career win as LaGrange beat Berea 97-90 in Mariotti Gym on Dec. 16, 2017. The USA South victory evened the Panthers record at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
"This is a testament to my coaching staff and the excellent players we have recruited," Wallace said of the coaching milestone. "I don't know if there is anything special I've done, no secret recipe to what we're doing. We just take things very serious and if you're going to do something try to do your best. Luckily, I've had good guys come in here and buy into that and believe what we're trying to do here."
Junior Travis Thompson and senior Alex Bonner combined for 41 points to lead LC. Thompson finished with 23 points, while Bonner added 18, 16 coming in the second half. Thompson and Bonner scored the Panthers' final 11 points. The duo helped overcome Berea's Torell Carter's game-high 38 points.
Parker recorded his first career double-double with a career high 10 points, while pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Parker helped the Panthers hold a 41-38 edge on the boards.
The Panthers were playing their first game since facing Covenant on Nov. 30. They showed no signs of rust in jumping out to a 12-2 lead. The Mountaineers came back and took a 23-19 lead with 8:24 left in the half.
Wallace went to his bench with six minutes remaining. Freshman Lincoln Anderson, who had 11 points, scored seven quick points in six minutes. He started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer. Anderson's free throw put the Panthers up 41-34. Berea drew within three, 41-38, by halftime.
Jalen McCallum sank a short jumper off a pass from Thompson to break a 74-74 tie with 6:57 left in the game. Holt Shannon was fouled hitting a trey and sank the free throw to complete the four-point play and put LC up 82-75. Berea would get no closer than five points the rest of the way as Thompson and Bonner took over.