Men's Basketball: Panthers race past Greensboro 122-90 for fourth straight win

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

LaGrange won its fourth straight USA South game, racing past Greensboro 122-90 in Mariotti Gym on Saturday. The Panthers improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 conference play.

"We played well today. It was a good overall win today," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "We shot a high percentage from the floor and the free throw line and were able to hurt them inside. We didn't go by the game plan actually in the first half and kind of got away from what we were doing. 

"We knew they were good 3-point shooters. We were trying to switch on their dribble hand offs and I think a lot of the guys forgot the number of the guy that was supposed to be shooting in the scouting report. We made some adjustments at halftime and told our guys to stay on whoever they're guarding so I think that worked well for us. We have to bounce back to play a good Averett team tomorrow."

Travis Thompson led five Panthers in double figures with 22 points. Jamison McCray had 16 points, 14 in the second half. Gary Bishop  and Elijah Adedoyin each had 11 points. Lincoln Anderson and Jalen McCallum had 10 points apiece. McCallum added a game-high 12 rebounds and four blocks, while Anderson had 7 rebounds and two blocks. It was McCallum's team-leading sixth double double of the season.

McCallum and Anderson helped the Panthers dominate inside. LC tied its season high with 51 rebounds, while holding Greensboro (1-13, 0-6 USA South) to just 20. Over the last two games, the Panthers have a 94-49 edge on the boards.

The Panthers shot 56.5 percent from the floor and were near perfect at the free throw line. LC was 31-of-33 at the line in the game. It was the most free throws by the Panthers since hitting 31 at Ferrum in 2016. The 93.9 free throw percentage was the highest by a Wallace-coached LC team.

Greensboro stayed within striking distance of the Panthers in the first half by hitting 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Thompson had 14 points in the half, while Jack McCormack came off the bench and hit 3-of-4 treys as LC led 56-46 at halftime.

It was all LC in the second half. The Panthers lead continued to swell and Drew Fritschen's basket for the 122-90 final score gave LC its biggest lead. Wallace was able to play all 14 players in the roster, with 12 scoring in the game. The 122 points was the most by an LC team under Wallace and the most in a game since the first game of the 2007-08 season. The Panthers are now 20-1 when hitting the century mark under Wallace.

The Panthers host Averett on Sunday at 1 p.m.  in a USA South game.