Men’s Basketball: High Point Outpaces Johnson & Wales, 90-54

• The Panthers had all 12 players who saw action score at least two points and record at least one rebound.
• Sophomore Cliff Thomas Jr. scored a career-high 12 points.
• HPU outshot the Wildcats, 54.7 percent to 31.4 percent.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s basketball team had all 12 players who saw action score at least two points and record at least one rebound as the Panthers defeated Johnson & Wales, 90-54, Friday night (Dec. 1) at the Millis Center.

High Point (3-4) outshot the Wildcats (2-4), 54.7 percent (35-64) to 31.4 percent (22-70), and held the advantage in rebounds, 45-43, steals, 12-6, and blocks, 10-4.

“It was a good win for us in the midst of three guarantee games,” HPU head coach Scott Cherry said. “It’s good to get our guys a game in the win column before we turn around and get ready for the next one. I was happy with the guys and how across the board, you can see everyone contributed in some sort of fashion, whether it be points, rebounds or steals. Now, it’s time to move on to College of Charleston on Monday night.”

Sophomore Cliff Thomas Jr. set a new career high with 12 points on 5-5 shooting. He had set a new career high with 10 points in the first half alone on 4-4 shooting from the field in addition to being 2-2 from the line. Junior Dexter Gooding had a career-high four steals.

Junior Andre Fox scored 14 points, while freshman Justyn Mutts posted 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore Brandon Kamga only played the first half, adding eight points and two blocks.

In the first half, the Panthers jumped out to a 17-4 lead with seven different HPU players scoring and used a 12-0 run late in the frame to break open the game. The Panthers led 48-22 at halftime.

Marjerle Poole led the Wildcats with 17 points.

Next up, the Panthers will travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on College of Charleston. Tip-off at the TD Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.