Panthers slow Runnin’ Bulldogs, 70-64
High Point University men’s basketball team soothed the pain of Tuesday’s loss to Radford.
The Panthers did it at Gardner-Webb’s expense.
The Panthers hit 8 of their first 11 shots of the second half in turning a five-point halftime lead into a 15-point cushion and outlasted the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 70-64.
G-W hit the first bucket out of the break to move with 3 before the Panthers surged. Adam Weary, Allan Chaney, John Brown, Lorenzo Cugini, Branimir Mikulic, Derrell Edwards and Devante Wallace all contributed as HPU built the lead to 52-37 with 9:42 remaining.
G-W cut the lead to six on four occasions, the last on the game’s final basket after HPU made just 3 of its 6 free throws in the final minute.
Adam Weary and John Brown each scored 15 but Brown wasn’t a factor when the Panthers (7-8, 2-1 Big South) were at their best. Allan Chaney added 12.
Donte Harper scored 15 to pace G-W (9-8, 1-2). Tashan Newsome had 13 and Max Landis added 10.
HPU started slowly as G-W scored on it first three possessions for a 6-2 lead and enjoyed its biggest cushion at 13-8. From there, the Panthers took control by going on a 20-3 run to lead 28-16 with 6:31 left in the half.
Surprisingly, the team’s leading scorer, John Brown, did not play a hand in it as he scored all of his six first-half points in the first 5:30 and sat most of the last nine minutes after picking up his second foul.
Chaney and Weary got it started. Chaney with a couple of buckets, the second putting HPU ahead at 15-14, and Weary hitting a 3.
Dejuan McGaughy followed a miss. Weary scored twice on fast breaks, the first a 3-point play, and mask-wearing Jarius Sims hit a floater in the lane in his first action since suffering a broken nose on Dec. 28.
Cugini nailed a 3, and McGaughy completed the burst with two free throws. Down 30-20, the Bulldogs scored seven straight points to get within at 30-27 before Chaney scored in the paint to complete the scoring for the half.