LAGRANGE, Ga. --- The Huntingdon College men’s basketball team (6-9, 1-1 GSAC) knocked off LaGrange College (2-16, 0-2 GSAC) 73-54 late Saturday afternoon, as senior forward Adrian Williams finished two blocks short of a triple-double. The Montgomery native was unstoppable as he finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 blocks.
The Hawks jumped out to a 12-0 lead to begin the game, capped off by a basket by Williams at the 15:10 mark. The Panthers cut the lead to five on a layup by senior center Stephen Spivey with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Huntingdon went on to lead 33-27 at the half. Williams scored 11 of his 27 points in the first half, including his lone three-point basket.
Huntingdon began the second half in the same manner as the first half, opening up with an 11-4 run, as Williams was responsible for all eleven points and went on to score 13 of the Hawks' first 15 points in the second period. The Panthers came within eleven at the thirteen-minute mark, and that was the closest they would come to threatening the Hawks' commanding lead. The Hawks' largest lead of the game was 22 points, which came near the end of the game on a three-point basket by freshman Cody Tackett.
Along with Williams’ stellar performance, senior guard Ephraim Hudson poured in 16 points, including four from 3-point range. Junior forward Jacob Moody scored 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, and senior point guard Deshaun Williams finished with a well-rounded 8-point 4-rebound and 5-assist performance.
LaGrange was led by sophomore guard Marcus Vaughn, who led the Panthers in points with 17 and rebounds with 7.
For the game, the Hawks held a 41-36 advantage on the boards. The Hawks finished the game shooting 50 percent (30-60) from the field, compared to 32.7 percent (18-55) for the Panthers. Huntingdon also blocked a season high 9 shots in the game.
The Hawks look to build on Saturday’s strong performance as they try to even the season series with the University of New Orleans, Monday January 24. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.
Live stats will be available at http://fs.huntingdon.edu/livestats/xlive.htm.
For more information on Huntingdon athletics, visit the athletics tab on the Huntingdon Web site, www.huntingdon.edu.