Men's Basketball: Panthers outlast Brevard in overtime, 84-82

Men's Basketball: Panthers outlast Brevard in overtime, 84-82

Alex Bonner's layup in the closing seconds of overtime lifted LaGrange to a 84-82 win over Brevard on Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers (11-7) finished a five-game stretch in the last week with a 4-1 record, while winning for the sixth time in their last seven games. 

Bonner finished the game with 21 points. The senior had three rebounds in the game to reach 500 in his career. He became the ninth LC player to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career. Teammate Travis Thompson tied for game honors with 22 points, while Elijah Adedoyin had 12 points off the bench.

"It was a really great way to win to end this five-game run. My guys were tired and it showed in the first half in our defensive effort," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We didn't stop them, we scored with the ball but we didn't stop them at all and that put us in a bad situation.

"We're just trying to get Ws and doing whatever it takes. I'm very fortunate to have a good team that supports each other and able to support me as well in my decision making. Let's keep these wins rolling."

The game was tied 17 times and the lead changed hands another 18 times. The Panthers' biggest lead of the game was five points, while Brevard led by as much as six. LC is now 3-0 in overtime games this season.

Levi Lamb's three-point play with 1:17 left in regulation put Brevard (4-12) up 73-71. Adedoyin tied the game at 73 with a pair of free throws with 53 seconds showing. Both teams came up empty on their final possessions as the game went to overtime.

In the overtime, with Brevard leading 77-76, Adedoyin was fouled going to the basket. He had to leave the game to correct his contact lenses. Jack McCormack entered the game for Adedoyin and calmly hit both free throws to put LC up 78-77. 

Julian Cameron gave the Panthers a three-point lead, 82-79, with 1:10 left. Lamb's 3-pointer with 44 seconds showing tied the game for the last time at 82. Bonner drove the lane past three defenders to the go-ahead basket with 20 seconds remaining. The Tornados missed on two chances at tying the game before the final buzzer.

For the second straight game, the Panthers were strong at the free throw line. They shot 81.5 percent, making 22-of-27 in the game. 

The Panthers play at Ferrum and Averett next Saturday and Sunday in USA South games.