Men's Basketball: Emory holds off Panthers' second half rally

Photo by Jacob Kryziak
Photo by Jacob Kryziak

ATLANTA, Ga. - Emory held off a second half rally to beat LaGrange 96-87 in a non-conference game Wednesday. The Panthers slipped to 4-3 with their second straight loss, while the Eagles improved to 6-2.

Sophomore Julian Cameron lead all scorers with a career-high 25 points. Cameron was 6-for-11 shooting 3s in the game. Fellow sophomore Gary Bishop scored all 18 of his points with 6 treys of his own. Travis Thompson had a double-double of 12 points and a team high 12 rebounds. Jamison McCray add 14 points. The Panthers finished the game with a school NCAA era record 17 3's, eclipsing the previous mark of 17.

"I'm proud of the way we battled back from Emory's hot shooting in the first half. We haven't learned to play hard the entire 40 minutes," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We also continue to make the same mistakes with turnovers and getting outrebounded. We beat ourselves. 

"Travis had a very solid game and led us early in the game. Gary and Julian got hot and clawed back offensively with great shooting but we have way too many defensive lapses. We have to get tougher."

Emory stretched a six-point lead, 32-26, to 20 with a 14-0 run in the first half. Cameron's 3-pointer finished a 9-0 Panther run to make it an 11-point game. The Eagles led 49-35 at halftime.

In the second half, the Eagles continued to hold the Panthers at bay, leading by as much as 18. Trailing 94-80, the Panthers cut the lead in half with a 7-0 run. Cameron's final trey of the game made it 94-87 with 3:11 left. The comeback stalled as LC came up empty on its final five possession.

After breaking for final exams, the Panthers will host Brevard on Dec. 16.