Panthers spear Knights, 93-62
In reaction to Tuesday’s loss to William & Mary, High Point University men’s basketball coach Scott Cherry wanted more shots in the post and less from the wings.
That is when the Panthers were at their best in overwhelming NAIA member St. Andrews University 93-62 at the Millis Center on Wednesday night.
Freshman center John Brown scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds and forward Allan Chaney added 14 points and grabbed seven boards as the Panthers improved to 3-1. Freshman guard Adam Weary pumped in 13 but needed 12 shots to do it.
Demetrius Montore, who played at High Point Christian, topped the Knights with 12. St. Andrews, from Laurinburg, dropped to 0-6.
The Knights, who had been overwhelming losers in all of their games, forced a tie midway through the first half as Cherry rested his starters and trailed by just 11 with just under 11 minutes to go before the Panthers scored 27 of the next 37 points to go up by 30 with three minutes to play.
Brown’s buckets included a alley-oop dunk off a lob from Jairus Sims that opened the Panthers scoring and had a one-handed jam off a lob in the second half.
Sims dished nine assists, the most by an HPU player since David Singleton had 11 against VMI in January of 2009. The Panthers finished with 22 assists on 35 made field goals.
They shot 50 percent but struggled again from the outside as Derrell Edwards went 0 for 8 in addition to Weary’s 5 of 12.
Corey Law, who had not played in the Panthers first three games while healing from hernia surgery, added to the inside attack by scoring eight points.
St. Andrews put up a fight in the first half. Taking advantage of Cherry resting Brown and Chaney in the middle of the period, the Knight erased an early 16-8 HPU lead to tie it at 22-22 on Christopher Clay’s 3 pointer.
Chaney reentered the game shortly after that and scored four straight Panther buckets (three on follows and one on a layup), putting the Panthers up 30-24 as they finally solved the Knights’ zone. A tip by Brown and a shot in the paint by Haiishen McIntyre upped the lead to 10, and the margin reached a first-half high of 40-27 with 2:44 to go before intermission.
St. Andrews enjoyed its only lead by hitting a 3 to open the game but HPU never trailed after going up 4-3.