LaGrange celebrated Senior Day with a key 91-72 USA South win over Greensboro on Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers' third straight win improved their record to 13-9 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
Seniors Jacob Gaetanos, Tyler Langston, Justyn Olson, and Drew Vanderbrook were honored before the game. This class has 68 wins, the most by one at LC in the past 37 years. They have been a part of two USA South tournament titles and three straight trips to the NCAA Division III tournament.
"These seniors have done anythng I've asked of them with a good attitude and were the ones that have helped build this winning tradition that we hopefully will continue to have," said Coach Kendal Wallace. "I just can't say enough about how proud I am of where they came from as freshmen, or sophomores, or juniors to where they are now."
Wallace started the game with the four seniors along with junior Alex Bonner. The lineup was the same one from earlier in the season.
"When we were starting the season, this was the same group that we started. We wanted to bring them back to finish this project that they haven't finished yet," said Wallace. "Hopefully, they have the right mind set to finish this thing out strong."
Vanderbrook and Bonner combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Vanderbrook led all scorers with a LaGrange career high 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Bonner also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Greensboro (13-9, 7-5 USA South) came into the game having not lost in five trips to Mariotti Gym. The Pride led in the early going but the Panthers finished the first half strong to take control of the game.
Down by four, the Panthers closed out the half on a 23-6 run. Elijah Adedoyin had nine of his 11 points as the LC took a 45-32 lead into halftime.
The Panthers continued to build on the lead in the second half. Michael McCauley's free throw gave LC its biggest lead, 84-57, with five minutes left.
The Panthers play at Huntingdon on Wednesday, before closing out the regular season with games at N.C. Wesleyan and William Peace next weekend.