MONTGOMERY, Ala. - LaGrange ran its winning streak to seven games with an 84-80 win over Huntingdon on Wednesday. The Panthers upped their record to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in USA South play. The seven-game winning streak is the longest by an LC team since the 2006-07 season.
"That was a very good game with two quality teams. We tried to give it away but we were able to compose ourselves at end to seal the "win," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "If we could figure out how not to turn the ball over, we'd be a good team. Unfortunately we haven't figured that out yet. I also thought we gave them way too many second chances.
"I love this group. They are eager to bounce back from a tough game like this, get in the gym, figure out what we did wrong, and try to correct it for the next game."
Gary Bishop had 16 points, making 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Jamison McCray also had 16 points, while Travis Thompson added 13. Jalen McCallum had his team-leading seventh double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with seven blocked shots.
LC never trailed in the game. The Panthers led 39-30 at halftime, leading by as many as 14 points. Elijah Adedoyin scored off an assist from McCray for a 24-10 lead. The Hawks (9-8, 6-4 USA South) answered with a 13-0 run to get within a point. LC came back with a 14-4 spurt to build another double-digit lead before the Hawks made a pair of free throws late in the half for the nine-point deficit.
In the second half, LC pushed its lead to 65-48 when Adedoyin made the second of two free throws with 9:20 left. The Panthers still led 81-74 after McCray's basket with 1:36 remaining. The Hawks made it a one-point game, 81-80, after B.J. Barker's layup. McCray made 3-of-4 from the free throw line to ice the game. In between McCray's free throws, McCallum made his final block of the game to help turn the Hawks away.
The Panthers stay on the road with USA South games at Pfeiffer on Saturday and at William Peace on Sunday.