Balanced Scoring Leads Hornets to 88-85 Win Over Ferrum

For Immediate Release – 12/18/12 -- #199

Balanced Scoring Leads Hornets to 88-85 Win Over Ferrum

FERRUM, VA—The Lynchburg College men's basketball team rode a balanced effort, putting six scorers in double-figures as the Hornets picked up their fourth win in a row, 88-85, over Ferrum College.

Lynchburg took a 48-43 lead into halftime, partly due to a sharpshooting first half. The Hornets shot 60% from three point range in the first period and 57% overall from the field. Senior Brandan Connor had a tremendous half, accumulating a season-high 12 points in the first twenty minutes.

Ferrum came out strong in the second half, going on a run to take the lead, 61-60, with ten minutes remaining in the game. A Panther foul put Connor on the charity strip and those free throws put the Hornets back on top while starting a 6-0 run.

LC shot 90% from the free throw line, its best showing at the line this season, making 26 free throws as opposed to 21 for the Panthers.

Senior Michael Wims was leading the Hornets with 17 points before fouling out with 2:05 remaining in the game and Lynchburg up 81-79. The Panthers used that advantage, getting inside for a baseline jumper by Alek Ayer.

Junior Manny Hernandez broke the 81-81 tie with just over a minute to play on a three-pointer from the left wing.

After two Ferrum free throws, a driving layup by junior Xavier Parham extended the lead back to three points with thirty seconds remaining.

Lynchburg was led in scoring by Wims' 17. Connor ended with 14, followed by 13 each from Hernandez and Parham. Senior Austin Chillemi and freshman Austen Arnold rounded out the scoring with 16 and 10 respectively.

Ferrum (4-5) was paced by Lamont King's game-high 22 points.

Lynchburg (8-2) has a break for the holidays before returning home on December 30 for a 3 p.m. start against Marymount (Va.).