Hornet men knock off Guilford, improve to 4 – 2 in ODAC
Four starters scored in double figures yesterday as the Lynchburg College men’s basketball team knocked off Guilford College 78 – 65 for their second consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference win. Sophomore Xavier Parham had a game high 18 points and Nate Campbell, Austin Chillemi and Brandan Connor were not far behind with 15, 13 and 10 respectively.
The first twenty minutes were tightly contested as neither team gained any serious momentum over the other. Guilford equaled their largest lead of the half with six minutes left when Matt McCarthy hit back-to-back three pointers for a five point Quaker lead. Connor answered right back for Lynchburg however with one of his two trey’s on the night to cut the deficit back to two. The two squads went back and forth the rest of the half until Lynchburg’s Manny Hernandez hit a huge three pointer on a dime from Parham with six seconds left giving the Hornets a 40 – 38 halftime lead.
The Hornets lost no momentum despite the break and came out of the locker room on fire with a 14 – 3 run in the first five minutes of the half. The Quakers were never able to recover as the Hornets cruised to a double digit victory. Parham tallied a game high 6 assists also finishing with four boards and four steals as well.
Lynchburg (9 – 5 / 4 – 2) travels to Hampden-Sydney this Wednesday for a conference match up with the rival Tigers and the ODAC’s leading scorer, Harrison George. Sydney is currently second in the standings with a 4 – 1 conference record after blowing out Roanoke by double digits yesterday. Their lone conference defeat came at the hands of Virginia-Wesleyan, who is currently #2 in the nation. Last year, the Hornets knocked off the Tigers in both their match ups by a combined seven points. Tip-off for Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 7 pm.