Site: High Point, NC (Qubein Center)
Score: High Point 57, Gardner-Webb 65
Records: High Point (9-13, 3-5), Gardner-Webb (12-10) (6-3)
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s basketball team dropped a mid-week game against Gardner-Webb 65-57 on Wednesday night in the Qubein Center. John-Michael Wright led the Panthers in scoring on the night with 23 points. Jaden House finished the night with 14 points.
GG Smith: “I thought this game was a tale of two halves obviously, we got the best of them in the first half but they got the best of us in the second half. I give Coach Craft credit his group has been around for a long time, they really showed their maturity in the second half and we showed our immaturity in the second half. I thought the first four minutes of the second half were the biggest difference. They cut it to two at the first media timeout in the second half and made it a ballgame.”
The Panthers struck first, opening the game up on an 8-0 run, with four points apiece from Zack Austin and Jaden House.
Wright powered through the Bulldog defense for a layup to put the Panthers up 12-7 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
Bryson Childress and House kept the offensive pressure on as they both converted three-point shots to extend the Panther lead to nine.
Wright put the Panthers up 34-21 after hitting back-to-back three-point buckets. Wright scored 11 of the last 12 Panther points in four minutes.
HPU entered the halftime break leading the bulldogs 38-27. Wright led the way for the Panthers with 17 points while House had seven first-half points.
The Panthers shot 59% from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Wright picked up right where he left off in the second half and scored the opening bucket for HPU.
GWU opened up the second half with a 15-4 run in the first six minutes of the half to tie the game at 42 with 13:24 to play.
House hit another jumper midway through the second half to regain the lead for the Panthers.
Alex Holt powered through to the rim and placed one in to bring the score to 50-48 with under nine minutes remaining.
Wright added another two points with a layup to bring the Panthers within eight points in the final two minutes of play.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will stay at home in the Qubein Center on Saturday (Feb. 5) as they host UNC Asheville. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.