Last updated: December 12. 2013 1:49AM - 326 Views
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LaGrange College's Denzel Robinson and Patrick Dugger defend Rust's Andrew Birks during Wednesday's game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange College's Denzel Robinson and Patrick Dugger defend Rust's Andrew Birks during Wednesday's game.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The LaGrange College men’s basketball team nearly hung 100 points on Rust Wednesday night.


With Mark Wagner scoring a career-high 28 points, the Panthers (4-3) captured a 97-84 victory at Mariotti Gym.


Wagner was 11-of-17 from the field, and he was 5-of-9 on 3-point attempts.


Wagner scored 22 of his points in the second half.


Denzel Robinson also had a big night with 20 points, and he was 7-of-11 from the field, and he made a pair of 3-pointers.


Nick Mitchell chipped in with 14 points, and Patrick Dugger scored 12 points while pulling down 13 rebounds.


Mitchell added 10 rebounds.


The game was tied 36-36 with three minutes left in the first half, but the Panthers finished the half on a 9-0 run to take a 45-36 lead.


The Panthers went up by 11 points on a pair of Dugger free throws early in the second half.


After Rust got back within five, a 9-0 Panthers’ run extended the lead to 14 points.


Rust got as close as six points with 10 minutes remaining, but Wagner responded with a 3-pointer, and the Panthers had a comfortable lead the rest of the way.


LaGrange College will be on the road Monday against Rhodes.


After participating in the Country Inn & Suites Holiday Classic in Atlanta on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, the Panthers open USA South play on Jan. 4 at Methodist.


 
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