Men's basketball defeats E&H, runs win streak to 7

Connor Schroeder battles an Emory & Henry player for a rebound
Courtesy of E&H Athletics/Brent Treash

Emory, Va.-- The University of Lynchburg men's basketball team claimed its seventh-straight victory Wednesday with a 87-73 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win at Emory & Henry.

Four Hornets reached double digits in the points column, led by senior forward Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.), who dumped in 25 points and snagged 12 rebounds.

Sophomore forward T.C. Thacker (Madison Heights, Va.) muscled his way to 16 points, going 7-for-8 at the basket, to go with five rebounds.

Senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) had a perfect shooting night, going 5-for-5 from the field (2-for-2 behind the arc) and 2-for-2 at the free throw line, totaling 14 points. Young also picked up five assists and four rebounds.

Senior forward Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) also hit double digits with 13 points to go with a season-high nine assists and eight rebounds.

Tharon Suggs scored a game-high 29 points for the defending ODAC champs.

Lynchburg 14-1 records marks the best start in program history, and the Hornets checked in at No. 22 in the latest D3hoops.com top 25 poll.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: No. 22 Lynchburg 87, Emory & Henry 73

Records: Lynchburg (14-1, 5-1 ODAC), Emory & Henry (9-6, 2-4 ODAC)

Venue: Bob Johnson Court at the John R. King Center, Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Trailing by a basket early, Lynchburg scored nine consecutive points in the span of a minute, sparked by a Wrighten 3-pointer, to take an early 14-7 lead. Schroeder added a layup after another Hornets' defensive stop to make it an 11-0 run.

  • E&H stormed back to take a 21-20 lead with 10:44 left in the first half, but Lynchburg took the lead back 4 minutes later on senior guard Jesse Case's (Leesburg, Va.) 3 and never trailed again. Schroeder turned the pressure on with three consecutive layups in the last 2 minutes of the half, giving Lynchburg a 41-36 lead at the midway point.

  • The game remained close through the first 10 minutes of the second half with the Hornets failing to push the lead past seven points. That all changed with 4:56 to play, as Case's 3-pointer set the Hornets on a 14-0 run that sealed the game's fate. Wrighten scored eight of the points in the run with a pair of three-point plays.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will be back in Lynchburg Saturday, Jan. 12 to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan at 2 p.m. in another conference match up.

--LYN--