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Panther Men Fall at Greensboro

James Smith Jr. had 11 points to lead the Panthers. (photo by Frances Best)
James Smith Jr. had 11 points to lead the Panthers. (photo by Frances Best)

GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The Ferrum College men's basketball team dropped a non-conference affair on the road against familiar foe Greensboro College Wednesday night inside Hanes Gymnasium, 85-63.

Ferrum (2-1)
Greensboro (2-1)

It was a tale of two halves in Greensboro. The Pride jumped out to an early 30-14 lead and completely took control from that point on. Keyford Langley lead the big first half charge for Greensboro, collecting 12 points to go along with three rebounds. Michael Phifer added five points of his own with four rebounds. Matthew Brown had a huge half off the bench for the Pride as well, recording six points and seven rebounds.

For the Panthers, it was James Smith Jr. leading the effort to try and stay in it. Smith notched nine points to go along with three rebounds and a steal. Marcus Plair added five points and two rebounds in the first stanza for Ferrum. The Panthers would head to the locker room for the halftime break trailing 44-23.

The Panthers came out of the break with a new intensity. Brandon Reeves came alive for Ferrum in the half, scoring nine of his eleven points while also adding three rebounds and a steal. Rashad Reed found some success from beyond the arc, knocking down two treys in the closing stanza.

Carrington Young added some energy off the bench, recording five points. For Greensboro, JustinMinnis came alive in the second half, scoring 14 points on 4-5 shooting from the field. Phifer filled up his stat line in the half as well, collecting five points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Ferrum: Smith 11 pts, 6 reb; Reeves 11 pts, 5 reb; Plair 11 pts, 4 reb; Reed 10 pts
Greensboro: Minnis 14 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast; Langley 12 pts, 3 reb; Phifer 10 pts, 6 reb

Coach Tyler Sanborn's team will be back in action Saturday, November 23, at home against Brevard College. The non-conference game is set to tip off at 4:00 p.m. inside Swartz Gymnasium.