• The Panthers came from behind for the second straight game but fell in overtime at Radford
• Junior Jahaad Proctor led all scorers with 26 points
• HPU hosts Longwood on Wednesday (Feb. 13)
RADFORD, Va. — The High Point University men’s basketball team fought back for the second game in a row, but fell at Radford, 69-66 in overtime, at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va.
Radford (18-7, 11-1 Big South) led by 11 points with 12:13 to go, but the Panthers (13-11, 6-4) fought back to take a 56-55 lead on a 3-pointer by junior Jahaad Proctor. The Highlanders hit a jumper and then two free throws to take a 59-56 lead, but junior Brandonn Kamga hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 59. The Panthers then held strong on the defensive end to force overtime.
In overtime, redshirt sophomore Tim Cameron scored the first bucket, but Radford came back with the next five points. Senior Ricky Madison cut the lead to one with 2:19 to go and Kamga cut the lead back to one with 16 seconds remaining, but that was as close as HPU would get. Down three with the ball, the Panthers were unable to get a shot off.
“I thought we had an excellent game plan and felt we needed to control the tempo, which we were able to do so for the most part,” HPU head coach Tubby Smith said. “We fell behind in the first half, but we battled back and I was impressed with our effort. We had some clutch shots and made some big stops when we had to, but just couldn’t finish it in overtime.”
Proctor led all scorers with 26 points, including four 3-point field goals, while Kamga added 14 points with three from behind the arc. Senior Jordan Whitehead added 10 points, while Cameron recorded seven points and six rebounds off the bench.
For the game, HPU shot 48.1 percent (26-64), while Radford finished with a 31.3 shooting percentage (21-67).
Donald Hicks led Radford with 18 points, while Ed Polite Jr. grabbed 19 rebounds.
The first half was tough sledding for both teams, as High Point shot 37.5 percent but only took 16 field goal attempts, but the Panthers were able to hold Radford to 20.6 percent shooting (7-34) as Radford held a 22-15 halftime lead.
Up next, the Panthers host Longwood on Wednesday (Feb. 13). Tip-off at the Millis Center is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.