Lynchburg, Va. -- Three University of Lynchburg men's basketball players reached double figures in scoring as the Hornets cruised by McDaniel, 83-59, Sunday evening to close out the semester on a high note.
Senior wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) hit double digits for the seventh game in a row with 24 points along with 11 rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore forward T.C. Thacker (Madison Heights, Va.) was strong on the boards with 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Freshman wing Cole Meadows (Pearisburg, Va.) also hit double digits with 11 points, going 5-for-7 at the free throw line.
Senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) made five assists to go with his three points. He ran his career assists total to 253, becoming the 10th player in Lynchburg men's basketball history to reach the 250-assist plateau.
It is the best 10-game start on record for the Lynchburg men's basketball program, and the first time the Hornets have been 9-1 in that span. Reliable records date back to the mid-1970s.
Final: Lynchburg 83, McDaniel 59
Records: Lynchburg 9-1, McDaniel 3-6
Venue: Wayne Proffitt Court at Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind early, Lynchburg took the lead 14-13 after back-to-back layups by Thacker, both of which were assisted by junior guard Chance Greene (Creedmoor, N.C.). McDaniel stormed back with a mini run after Greene's 3-pointer, and the teams traded blows in the first half's waning minutes.
- With 4:24 remaining in the first, Wrighten's layup gave the Hornets a 27-26 lead, and Lynchburg ended the half on a 13-4 run to take control of the ballgame.
A 9-0 run early in the second half put the contest away, accentuated by Meadows' 3-point play with 12:56 to go that sent Lynchburg ahead, 53-38. The Hornets cruised to the finish line.
The Hornets will take off for the holidays before heading to Greensboro N.C., for the Guilford Classic. Lynchburg will play Muskingum on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., before squaring off against Greensboro, Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.