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Panther Comeback Falls Just Short In Home Opener

Rashad Reed dribbles down the court (Photo courtesy of Frances Best)
Rashad Reed dribbles down the court (Photo courtesy of Frances Best)

FERRUM, Virginia -- The Ferrum College men's basketball team dropped its home opener to familiar foe Methodist University Wednesday night inside Swartz Gymnasium.

THE BASICS
Methodist took control early in this one, jumping out to game-high 14 point lead midway through the first half. The Panthers were able to turn the tide and jump back into it following the first ten minutes, closing the half on a 18-7 when Kajuan Madden-McAfee knocked down a step-back trey as time expired. Dante Burden led the way for the Monarchs in the half, going 5-5 from the field and scoring 12 points while adding three rebounds. Kaymon Mitchell contributed seven points of his own for Methodist.

For the Panthers, it was Madden-McAfee and Rashad Reed leading the way in the half. Madden-McAfee notched six points and four boards and Reed added five points of his own. Freshman Micheal Spraggins was a force in the rebounding department as well for Ferrum, recording four boards of his own in the first stanza.

The second half saw a back-and-forth effort from both teams. Methodist never relinquished the lead, but the Panthers stayed in it until the final buzzer. Mitchell led the second half effort for Methodist, adding 12 of his 19 points in the closing 20 minutes. Burden closed the game out strong as well, scoring seven of his game-high 21 points in the last stanza.

Marcus Plair had a big second half for the Panthers, recording eight points to go along with seven rebounds. Reed continued his scoring prowess as well, adding 10 points of his team-high 15 in the closing stanza.

KEY STATS
FERRUM: Reed 15 pts; Plair 11 pts, 9 reb; Smith Jr. 8 pts, 3 reb
METHODIST: Burden 21 pts, 6 reb; Mitchell 19 pts, 4 reb; Dearman 7 pts, 6 reb

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"We did not play anywhere close to our potential in any aspect tonight. When we defend the way we did, then execute and shoot like we did offensively, it makes it really difficult to win. I was proud of our effort on the glass, I thought that was a bright spot for our guys, along with low turnovers. There is a lot of work to be done before we can reach what I think we can be. I'm excited about this group, our best basketball is ahead of us." --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

UP NEXT
Coach Sanborn's team will be back in action at home Saturday, November 16. The game is part of Ferrum College and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's partnership with the V Foundation and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, as there will be a silent auction for a team signed jersey, a 50/50 raffle and donations will be accepted at the door. The Panthers are set to take on non-conference foe William Peace University and game time is set for 2 p.m.