Men's Basketball: Strong second half sends Panthers past Huntingdon 75-64

Photo by Corey Hammett
Photo by Corey Hammett

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - LaGrange used a strong second half to down Huntingdon 75-64 on Wednesday to pick up a key USA South win. 

The Panthers' fourth straight win has them now fifth in the USA South standings. LC (14-9, 7-5 USA South) closes out the regular season with conference games at N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday and William Peace on Sunday.

LaGrange got a game-high 18 points from Drew Vanderbrook. Justyn Olson added 15 points and Jamison McCray 10 off the bench. 

The Panthers trailed 29-26 at haltime after shooting just 27.6 percent. Huntingdon (2-21, 0-12 USA South) had a 10-2 run to go up by five. Nate Rosetti's layup in the closing seconds got the Panthers within three.

McCray's three-point play tied the game at 40 with 14:20 left. The Panthers took the lead for good, 44-42, on a jumper by Michael McCauley.

Olson scored six straight points down the stretch to help the Panthers take a 71-61 lead with 1:55 left. LC got its final four points at the free throw line, the last by Vanderbrook for the 75-64 final.

The Panthers shot 47.2 percent in the second half. They held the Hawks to 31.6 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.