Men's Basketball: Panthers stop Rhodes 80-77 to pick up first win

Men's Basketball: Panthers stop Rhodes 80-77 to pick up first win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - LaGrange stopped Rhodes 80-77 at the Rhodes Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday. The Panthers finished 1-1 in the tournament.

"It was a good weekend for the Panthers. We learned some valuable lessons that will help us in the future," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We played two tough well-coached teams. With a couple of rebounds and turnovers we could have pulled out a win Saturday, even after Travis' (Thompson) game-ending injury. Lincoln Anderson and Jalen McCallum stepped up huge in his absence.

"On Sunday, Julian Cameron and Ronald Youngblood had great games. The win came because of our entire team committed  to each other and the game plan. Jamison McCray played well both days. We were able to grow as a team this weekend."

Cameron tied for game honors with 16 points, 15 coming in the first half. Youngblood came off the bench and added 12 points. McCallum had all of his 10 points and three blocks in the second half. McCray also had 10 points.

The Panthers built a 48-34 halftime lead. McCallum's jumper in the lane put LC up 66-50 midway through the second half. Rhodes got back in the game with a 9-0 run, later getting within a point with 10 seconds left. Gary Bishop's two free throws put the Panthers up 80-77. The defense forced a Lynx turnover with a second remaining to seal the win.

The Panthers host the Wingate Classic next weekend, Nov. 24-25. LC will play Berry on Saturday and Birmingham-Southern on Sunday.