Schroeder hits 1,000 points in men's hoops' win

Connor Schroeder shooting a layup

Winchester, Va. -- University of Lynchburg senior Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.) dumped in a career-high 40 points, reaching the career 1,000-point mark in the process, to highlight the Hornets' 89-75 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win Saturday afternoon at Shenandoah.

Schroeder added nine rebounds, while senior wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) turned in a 20-point, 10-rebound effort.

Senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) racked up eight points, five assists, and three steals.

The Lynchburg starters shot an efficient 31-for-50 (62 percent) on the day.

Mark Melbourne led Shenandoah with 23 points and 20 rebounds.

Schroeder becomes the 25th 1,000-point scorer in Lynchburg men's basketball history and just the ninth to reach the plateau in three or fewer seasons. He is the first Lynchburg player to reach 1,000 since Zack Burnett completed the feat March 5, 2016 in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Ohio Wesleyan.

His 40-point effort was the 13th in program history and the first since Austen Arnold scored 41 against Roanoke, Feb. 17, 2016.

Lynchburg continues the program's best-ever start, moving to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in ODAC play.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Lynchburg 89, Shenandoah 75

Records: Lynchburg (13-1, 4-1 ODAC), Shenandoah (4-9, 0-5 ODAC)

Venue: Wilkins Center, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Lynchburg leapt out to a 15-6 lead in the first 7:11, capped off by Schroeder's layup, and expanded the lead to 24-13 with just under 9 minutes to half, thanks to a bucket by sophomore wing Reggie Davis (Greensboro, N.C.).

  • The visitors led 35-28 at halftime, paced by Schroeder's 11 points.

  • Lynchburg led by two or three possessions for most of the second half until SU closed the gap to three, 62-59, with 7:59 remaining. Schroeder scored 11 of Lynchburg's next 13 points as the Hornets expanded the lead back to double digits with 3:55 to go.

  • A late 8-0 run helped Lynchburg put the game away.

  • Schroeder's layup with 12 seconds to go helped him top the 40-point mark for the game.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg remains in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play next week with a Wednesday, Jan. 9 trip to defending league champion Emory & Henry. Tipoff in the King Center is set for 7 p.m.

--LYN--