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Panther Men Claim First Win Of Season

Sophomore Marcus Plair (Photo Courtesy of Frances Best)
Sophomore Marcus Plair (Photo Courtesy of Frances Best)

FERRUM, Virginia -- The Ferrum College men's basketball team topped non-conference opponent William Peace 90-82 inside Swartz Gymnasium Saturday night to claim their first win on the young season.

Ferrum (1-1)
William Peace (0-3)

The Panthers came out firing on all cylinders to start this one, as they quickly jumped out to 20-11 lead. William Peace would answer back down the stretch of the first stanza, eventually taking the lead in the only lead change of the half in the closing minutes. Rashad Reed had a huge first half for the Panthers, but was limited due to foul trouble early in the half. He ended the first stanza with 13 points to lead all scorers. Kujuan Madden-McAfee had a strong first half as well, notching six points to go along with three rebounds. Marcus Plair added five rebounds to go along with two points in an eventual double-double performance for the Panther Center. William Peace was led by Donolly Tyrell Jr., who scored nine points to go along with three rebounds. Camden Ferguson ended the half with eight points and Trey Bryant recorded eight rebounds along with four points for the Pacers. The half ended with a technical foul assessed to William Peace, with free throws resulting at the start of the second half.

Ferrum took advantage of the opportunity to draw the game back even, as Reed knocked down both technical free throws to tie the game to start the closing stanza. The Panthers then took control of the game from there, and it was all Ferrum down the stretch. Reed followed up a strong opening half with an even better second half, recording 15 points. Brandon Reeves came alive in the half as well, coming up with a big 12 point effort including two big treys down the stretch. Plair continued his big game as well, scoring eight points and recording nine rebounds in the second half. James Smith Jr. did a little bit of everything for the Panthers in the closing half, recording eight points, three assists and two rebounds. For the Pacers, Ferguson continued his hot shooting from the field, scoring 12 points to keep William Peace within reach. Mikal Gaylord ended up with 10 points in the half, and Tysen Sellers was close behind with nine of his own.

Ferrum: Reed 28 pts; Plair 10 pts, 14 reb, 2 blk; Madden-McAfee 14 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast; Reeves 14 pts; Smith Jr. 8 pts, 6 ast, 3 reb
William Peace: Ferguson 20 pts; Sellers 14 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast; Gaylord 12 pts, 4 ast; Bryant 8 pts, 10 reb, 2 blk

"Way better effort from our guys today on both sides of the ball. I thought we set the tone early, but had some lapses towards the end of the first half, which led to them getting back into the game. We have a lot of things to clean up; too many mental errors and blown coverages defensively. Our execution was a lot better, which led to open shots. I'm really excited about getting back to work and moving closer to our potential as a team" --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

Coach Sanborn's team will be back in action Wednesday, November 20, as it travels down to Greensboro, N.C. to take on the Pride of Greensboro College. The non-conference affair is set to start at 7 p.m.