William & Mary wallops HPU
William & Mary coach Tony Shaver enjoyed his homecoming Saturday night, thanks to his Tribe derailing High Point University, 83-61.
William & Mary took control by holding the Panthers to 8 of 29 (27.6 percent) field goal shooting in the first half in opening up a 37-20 lead.
HPU, which used superior speed to score breakaway baskets in a blowout win over Appalachian State on Tuesday, never could get going against a team of similar size playing sticky defense that included a 2-3 zone.
It was the first time coaching in his old neighborhood for Shaver, who attended High Point Central from 1968-72 and has been at the helm at William & Mary for 10 years.
The Panthers (2-1), who scored at least 81 points and won by 18 points in going 2-0, shot just 31 percent for the game. After the break, they never got closer than 14 at 39-25.
Tim Rusthoven, a stocky 6-9 forward, led the Tribe with 23 points. Point guard Marcus Thornton added 21 as the Tribe shot 55 percent for the game.
Allan Chaney was the lone bright spot on offense for HPAU, scoring 22 points and hitting 7 of 14 from the field. Adam Weary had 11. On the other side of the ledger, guards Dejuan McGaughy and Derrell Edwards went a combined 3 of 19.
When it mattered, The Tribe made it difficult for the Panthers to get clean shots and on more than one occasion, disrupted passes on the perimeter. HPU was also hurt by the absence of its biggest weapon, John Brown, who picked up his second foul just 15:42 into the game and didn’t return until 4:54 remained in the half.
Brown, who averaged 25 points in the Panthers first two game, scored just seven before fouling out with 4:54 to play.
HPU stayed close for the first 10 minutes and was down only one before the Tribe went on a 21-3 run over nearly eight minutes that put them up 32-13 with 2:04 left in the period.
Marcus Thornton kicked off the surge by stealing a pass out front and driving for a layup. After the first of three straight 3s by the Tribe, HPU got its first basket in three minutes on Justin Cheek’s layup. HPU points over the next five minutes came on a free throw by Brown with 3:30 left in the half, which broke a 10-0 Tribe run that included a weakside tip that prompted HPU coach Scott Cherry to call timeout.
Chaney was the only Panthers with more than one field goal in the first half, hitting 3 of 7.
The defeat prevented HPU from starting 3-0 for the first time as a Division I school. The last time HPU was 3-0 came in the 1994-95 season.