HPU visits Eastern Kentucky tonight
Devante Wallace got the chance to start for the High Point University men’s basketball team at small forward in the 94-64 win over Ferrum on Tuesday while Adam Weary was sidelined because of a concussion suffered in the season opener against UNCG on Nov. 8.
Weary was injured against the Spartans when his head hit the floor. His status remained in doubt on Friday, causing the team to list Wallace as a probable starter for tonight’s game at Eastern Kentucky.
“It really doesn’t matter if I start or not,” Wallace said. “I’m expected to do the same things either way and I’m going to play about the same number of minutes. But it’s more important that I play well with Adam out.”
Wallace scored 12 points on the strength of 5 of 8 shooting, dished one assist, committed three turnovers and grabbed one steal against Ferrum.
“He gave us some valuable minutes and gave us good scoring but he also had some turnovers,” HPU coach Scott Cherry said after the game.
When talking about the importance of rebounding. HPU women’s coach DeUnna Hendrix readily pointed to the disparity between the Panthers and USC Upstate during two big second-half swings in the Panthers’ 75-69 victory on Wednesday.
The Panthers went on the first run, a 15-3 blitz that turned a 44-43 deficit into a 58-47 lead. The Spartans later countered with an 18-7 spurt to tie the score at 67 with under three minutes to play.
“If we;re going to win games, we’re going to do it with defense and rebounding,” Hendrix said. “We outrebounded them 10-1 when we went on our run. When they went on their run, they outrebounded us 8-1.”
Another stat to which she can point, the Panthers were outrebounded 57-30 in their 73-54 loss at Virginia.
Playing their third game in five days, the Panthers also looked a bit worn down during the Spartans’ comeback as they started leaving shot shorts.
Hendrix substituted less during the period, choosing to go with main players in her rotation.
But, the Panthers caught their second wind and held on thanks to Tayler Tremblay hitting five of six free throws down the stretch.
“We played well in stretches at Virginia and then let it get away from us at times,” Tremblay said. “Games like this one (against USC Upstate), you are going to have your ups and downs. To pull it out was huge. It let us know that we can do it.”
Tremblay provided one of the key plays when she missed the second of two free throws and then sprinted off the foul line to grab the rebound about five feet to the left of the basket. She was fouled again and sank both to put the Panthers up by six with less than 20 seconds left.
“I saw it pop off the rim and just went after it, got it and got the opportunity to shoot two more, Tremblay said. “I’ve been in that situation (shooting free throws late in games) so much before that I don’t shy away from it. I try to get the ball and the team has confidence in me.”