MARYVILLE, TN—The Greensboro College men’s basketball teams’ run for their third straight USA South Championship game appearance came one game short with a 116-102 defeat in the USA South Tournament semi-finals against LaGrange College. The Pride had two players score more than 20 points with Devan Gegory leading the way with 27.
The Pride came out of the gate slow falling behind early 4-0 before Greensboro used a 6-2 to tie the game for the first time at 6-6 with 16:59 to play in the first half. Devan Gregory scored the first four points of the run before Will Griffin came off the bench with his first basket of the game. After the Pride tied the game, they used a 13-1 run over a four minute span to pull out to their largest lead of the game at 19-7. During the run, Damian Dixon and Gregory combined for nine points with all of them coming from long range before Brandon Pascucci Capped off the run for Greensboro.
Once Greensboro pulled out to the 12 point lead, the Panthers were able to climb back into the game tying the score at 29-29 with 4:21 to play in the opening period. Down the final stretch of the half, LaGrange was able to pull away from the Pride to take a 45-37 lead into the break.
Out of the halftime break, Raheem Martin was able to connect on an old fashion three point play to bring the Pride to within five at 45-39. After the Martin three point play, the Panthers pulled back out to a nine point lead before Dixon connected from long range followed by a Martin basket to pull Greensboro to within four at 67-63 with 13:11 to play in the period. The Pride continued to battle for the remainder of the game but could not get any closer as LaGrange was able to pull away for the 116-102 victory.
The Pride had four players to score in double digits with senior Damian Dixon cashing in with 20 points, Martin’s 11, points and Will Griffins’ 18 to go along with Gregory. Greensboro College was able to connect on 12 shot from long range while shoot 46 percent from the field during the game. The Pride was able to connect on 32 baskets in the game, and 20 of those were aided by an assist. All 11 Pride players that appeared in the game each recorded at least one assist with Griffin dishing a team high 5 assists in the game.
Greensboro College was out rebound in the game by a 47-31 margin with Damian Dixon leading the team with seven rebounds, while Raheem Martin pulled down six. The Pride forced 16 Panther turnovers in the game while only committing 11 of their own.
With the loss, the Pride men’s’ season comes to an end finishing with a 12-15 overall record.