Men's Basketball: Panthers race past Toccoa Falls 103-80

Men's Basketball: Panthers race past Toccoa Falls 103-80

LaGrange raced past Toccoa Falls 103-80 in a non-conference game Tuesday night in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers (2-1) were playing their first home game of the season.

Mike White led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with a game-high 19 points. Drew Vanderbrook had 18 points off the bench in 19 minutes of playing time, while Mark Wagner had 17.

"It was great to get back in Mariotti. The team came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We made it a point to rebound well, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, share the basketball. We should have as our goal every game with 20 plus assists."

The Panthers finished the game with 23 assists, with Wagner and Tyler Langston each having five. Wagner's last of the game was on younger brother Stephen's first collegiate basket.

The Panthers had a 51-37 edge in rebounding. White and Vanderbrook each had eight in the game. The Panthers had 16 second chance points and scored 57 points in the paint.

The Panthers led 57-46 at halftime. They pulled away in the second half by shooting 52.8 percent after the break. 

The Eagles were within five, 62-57, with 14 minutes remaining. The Panthers pushed the lead to 16 over the next five minutes. Travis Thompson's put back of a missed shot gave the Panthers a 99-75 lead with 2:52 left.

The Panthers play in the Maryville Classic this weekend. They face Oglethorpe on Saturday and No. 18 Emory on Sunday.