Panther men block Governors, 76-74
The High Point University men’s basketball team hung on for a hard-fought 76-74 win over Austin Peay in the consolation game of the Dr. Pepper Classic on Saturday afternoon at McKenzie Arena. Redshirt-freshman John Brown had 25 points and six rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team.
“Everyone contributed in this win,” said HPU head coach Scott Cherry. “We were missing Jairus Simms with an injury but Allan Chaney came back from being sick, Devante Wallace played 26 minutes, everyone contributed. Derrell Edwards held their best player (Travis Betran) to 2-for-15 from the floor. This was a great team win and is a great way to go into conference play next week.”
Brown was named to the Dr. Pepper Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds in two games. He scored 23 points with a career-high 16 rebounds against Chattanooga on Friday night.
Chaney missed Friday’s game with an illness but came back to play 16 minutes, scoring 10 points with five rebounds against Austin Peay. Junior Dejuan McGaughy started at point guard in place of Simms and had six assists and a pair of steals with just two turnovers. The Panthers shot 48.0 percent (12-for-25) in the second half.
Austin Peay was led by forward Anthony Campbell, who scored 23 points with nine rebounds, going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Will Triggs scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Chris Horton scored 13 points with nine rebounds and six blocks.
High Point survived a back-and-forth second half, clinging to a single-digit lead in the last five minutes. The Panthers were down by two when Edwards hit a layup with 6:23 remaining, starting a 7-0 run that made it 64-59. The Panthers held the lead the rest of the way but the Governors made sure it was never safe.
Brown’s 25 points raised his average to 23 ppg over the last five games and 19.1 ppg on the season. He has scored at least 20 points in seven of his 11 games.
High Point begins conference play this week as the Panthers visit Winthrop on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Rock Hill, S.C. HPU has won three in a row against the Eagles.