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Ferrum Men Beat Mary Baldwin 81-76 on the Road

Junior Michael Spraggins
Junior Michael Spraggins

By Benton Heck, Sports Info. Student Assistant

STAUNTON, Va. -- Michael Spraggins and Darius Kemp each posted a double-double to lift Ferrum College to an 81-76 non-conference men's basketball road win over Mary Baldwin University this afternoon at Mary Baldwin PAC.

Ferrum (2-1)
Mary Baldwin (0-4)

Mary Baldwin grabbed the early advantage, leading 10-4 three and a half minutes into the game. The Panthers chipped away at the lead, and grabbed their first lead at 8:43 when Spraggins' three-pointer was nothing but net, and put Ferrum out in front 17-15. Ferrum used 7-2 run to close out the first half and led 41-33 at the break.

The two teams played even in the second half, with almost a dozen lead changes in the final twelve minutes of play. Mary Baldwin's Jaden Ignacio hit three free throws to tie up the game at 76-76 with 42 seconds left in regulation.

Ferrum took the lead for good on a Kemp layup with 34 seconds left. A pair of James Smith Jr. free throws and one freebie by Spraggins followed to close out scoring and help Ferrum hold off the Fighting Squirrels.

Spraggins led all scorers with his first double-double of the season, posting 26 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. Kemp had his first double-double this year with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Ferrum: Spraggins 26 pts, 16 reb; Kemp 23 pts 11 reb; Smith 15 pts
Mary Baldwin: Zach Fullagar 21 pts, 10 reb; Ignacio 15 pts, 7 ast; Brandon Stoudamire 13 pts

"Always good to get a road win, even though it was not pretty. We had some guys step up and make plays down the stretch, which was great to see. Proud of our effort down the stretch defensively and fortitude to step up and make big free throws. We have a lot to work on, but great for our guys to experience some success." --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

Sanborn's squad will be back in action Tuesday, November 23, at William Peace University. The non-conference game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off in Raleigh, North Carolina.