HPU men overpower Ferrum
As expected, High Point possessed two much strength and power for overmatched Ferrum to handle on Tuesday night.
Led by center John Brown and forward Allan Chaney, HPU flexed its muscles in the paint and rolled to a 94-64 victory in the battle of Panthers at the Millis Center.
Brown, who had three alley-oop dunks and repeated stick backs, led HPU with 26 points and had nine rebounds while Chaney recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Devante Wallace and reserve guard Haiishen McIntyre added 12.
Wallace started in place of Adam Weary, who sat out with an injury.
HPU torched the Ferrum defense, shooting almost 60 per cent (40 of 67) for the game and 21 of 34 (61.8 percent in the second half. Brown madeg 10 of 14 attempts, Chaney going 8 for 8 with Wallace 5 for 8.
HPU outscored Ferrum 68-14 in the paint, 19-11 off turnovers and 20-2 in fast break points. The host Panthers also held a 43-26 advantage on the boards.
HPU never trailed, led 11-3 early and never let Division III Ferrum get closer than four, that during a brief stretch when coach Scott Cherry subbed a whole new five for his starters early.
The lead was five at 21-16 when the Panthers took control, going on a 18-7 run that included two dunk follows by Brown, the first of three alley oop dunks by Brown, two follows by Chaney and a steal and layup by Derrell Edwards.
That put HPU up 39-23 on the way to a 45-27 halftime lead, outscoring Ferrum 34-2 in the paint and 8-0 on fast breaks to that point. HPU torched the nets, hitting 19 of 33 field goals, and outrebounded Ferrum 25-9.
Ferrum canned a 3 early in the second half that was so wide open that Cherry called timeout. Up 15, responded by scoring the next 10 points on a dunk by Chaney, two 2-point baskets and a 3 from Wallace, and a jumper by Chaney to push the margin to 56-30.
Jamal Pullen led Ferrum with 18 and Brian Clarke had 11
HPU returns to action when it plays at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.