Guilford dodges men's hoops' comeback, wins in OT

Connor Schroeder shooting a 3-pointer.

Lynchburg, Va. -- The 14th-ranked University of Lynchburg men's basketball team erased a nine-point deficit in the final minute of regulation but couldn't take control of overtime, dropping an 88-82 Old Dominion Athletic Conference decision to league rival Guilford Wednesday night at home.

The defeat put an end to Lynchburg's 10-game win streak and also the Hornets' 14-game home win streak. Prior to Wednesday, Lynchburg's last loss on Wayne Proffitt Court came Feb. 7, 2017 to Roanoke.

Senior forward Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.) scored a game-high 27 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, which tied a career-high. His 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 74, forcing OT.

Senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in a career-high 18 points -- including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation -- six rebounds, and three steals. Young went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Junior guard Chance Greene (Creedmoor, N.C.) scored 16 points and four assists for the Hornets, while senior wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) added 13 points and eight boards.

Guilford's Kyler Gregory led the way for the visitors, totaling 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Marcus Curry added 23 points and eight boards.

The Quakers won the rebounding battle, 49-35. Guilford has handed No. 14 Lynchburg its only two losses of the 2018-19 season.

The teams combined to raise $430 for cancer patient support with their Track Suits & Sneakers initiative, part of Coaches Vs. Cancer Week.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Guilford 88, No. 14 Lynchburg 82, OT

Records: Guilford (14-5, 8-2 ODAC), No. 14 Lynchburg (17-2, 8-2 ODAC)

Venue: Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Lynchburg opened the game on an 11-0 run, forcing the Quakers to take a timeout just 4:11 into the contest.

  • Guilford responded, slowly eating into the Hornets' lead before ending the half on an 17-2 run over the final 5:15. The Quakers led 40-30 at the break.

  • The Quakers expanded their lead to 14 points early in the second half, but Lynchburg battled to stay in the game. The Hornets cut the deficit to 65-64 on back-to-back 3s by Greene and Schroeder, forcing another Guilford timeout with 5:21 remaining.

  • The recentered Guilford team orchestrated a 9-1 run to lead by nine, 74-65, with 1:04 left on the clock.

  • Young sank a pair of 3-pointers with 49 and 30 seconds on the clock, and the Quakers missed the front end of a pair of 1-and-1 opportunities in the final 30 seconds to give Lynchburg one last shot to tie it. Schroeder came off a screen and launched the 3-pointer that would do just that with 4 seconds left on the clock, sending the game to overtime at 74-74.

  • Guilford scored the first two buckets of OT, but a 3 and a layup from Schroeder gave Lynchburg a 79-78 lead with 2:28 left to play. The Quakers scored eight straight points after that, however, holding a 6-1 rebounding advantage in OT to keep the ball out of Lynchburg's hands.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Things get no easier for the Hornets as 12th-ranked Randolph-Macon visits Lynchburg Saturday, Jan. 26. Lynchburg will celebrate Alumni Day and honor Schroeder for reaching the 1,000-point plateau prior to the 4:30 p.m. tip.

--LYN--

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