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Panther Men Win Nailbiter at Home

Senior Darius Kemp (photo by Carly Nelson)
Senior Darius Kemp (photo by Carly Nelson)

FERRUM, Va. -- James Smith Jr. hit a shot in the waning seconds of the game to lift Ferrum College to a 67-66 non-conference men's basketball win over Averett University tonight at Swartz Gym.

Ferrum (1-1)
Averett (0-3)

Michael Spraggins' tip-in at 14:03 of the first half gave Ferrum a 13-point lead, 18-5, but the Cougars stormed back and took a 36-35 lead at the break.

The two teams played pretty even in the second half. Averett's Carey Baldwin, who led all scorers with 24 points, hit a three-pointer with 2:05 left in the game to give the Cougars a 66-65 lead.

Smith then drove the lane and sent a floater up high off the glass and in for the game-winning shot with 10.4 seconds left in regulation. The Cougars could not convert a last-second attempt and the Panthers held on for the win.

Ferrum: Kajuan Madden-McAfee 18 pts, 4 3FG; Smith 15 pts; Darius Kemp 10 pts
Averett: Baldwin 24 pts, 5 3FG; Raja Milton 15 pts

Coach Tyler Sanborn's squad will be back in action Saturday, November 20, at Mary Baldwin University. The non-conference game is set for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off in Staunton, Virginia.