It’s an offensive explosion

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 26, 2014

The LaGrange College Panthers hit the century mark.

The hot-shooting Panthers delivered a dominant offensive performance in a 100-76 victory over visiting North Carolina-Wesleyan on Sunday.

The Panthers (11-7 overall) improved to 5-2 in the USA South, and they completed a perfect weekend.

On Saturday, LaGrange College beat William Peace 78-62.

In Sunday’s game, the Panthers were hot from the get-go.

Dustin Baxter made a 3-pointer just five seconds into the game, and the Panthers were off and running.

The game wasn’t even three minutes old and the Panthers were up 13-2, with Baxter doing his part with three early 3-pointers.

The Panthers kept knocking down shots, and fittingly, a Baxter 3-pointer capped the first-half scoring to make it a 55-36 game at the break.

With the game in hand in the second half, the only suspense was if the Panthers would reach 100 points.

They did, with Tymon Enwerama hitting a jump shot with 1:18 left to make it a 100-74 game.

All 14 players on the LaGrange College roster played, and nine of them scored.

All five starters were in double figures, with Mark Wagner leading the way with 21 points, and Baxter adding 20 points.

Wagner and Baxter combined to make eight of their 12 shot attempts, and they had eight 3-pointers between them.

Nick Mitchell scored 15 points, Mike White added 14 points, and Braxton Ford chipped in with 10 points.

In Saturday’s game, Robinson paced the Panthers with 17 points, and Wagner had 13 points, all in the first half.

Baxter added 11 points, and White scored 10 points.

The Panthers surged to a 38-28 lead at the half, and they outscored the Pacers 40-34 in the second half.

LaGrange College will visit conference foe Huntingdon on Wednesday.