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Emory & Henry Men’s Basketball Tops Lynchburg, 102-91, In Overtime Thriller Wednesday

-photo courtesy of Caleb Johnston, E&H '15
-photo courtesy of Caleb Johnston, E&H '15

EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry College Men's Basketball Team (8-4, 2-1 ODAC) battled through an extra five minutes of play with Lynchburg College (7-5, 1-2 ODAC) Wednesday evening, earning a 102-91 victory in its home Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE – Emory & Henry 102, Lynchburg 91
LOCATION – Emory, Virginia – Bob Johnson Court at the John Rutledge King Center
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (8-4, 2-1 ODAC); Lynchburg (7-5, 1-2 ODAC)

How It Happened
- LC got out to an 11-5 lead at the 15:23 mark of the first half, but E&H kept it a two possession game until an 8-2 run by the Hornets put them up 27-20 with 7:45 left before the break.
- The Wasps answered with 11-straight to go up 31-27 with 4:19 on the clock and led by as much as six down the stretch of the opening 20 minutes. Lynchburg would finish the half with another 8-2 run to make the score 41-41 at the intermission.
- Coming out of the break, the Hornets went up 49-45 early. The second half featured five ties and 15 lead changes, most of which came in an eight-minute span between 15:03 and 7:25. Down by one with 7:44 to play, Lynchburg scored 12 of the next 14 points to lead 81-72 with 3:07 on the clock.
- Emory & Henry scored six-straight to make it a one-possession game, as freshman guard Colin Molden (Apex, N.C.) hit a three-pointer and converted a trio of free throws after being fouled on another three-point attempt.
- A layup by LC with 54 seconds remaining made it a five-point game but Molden struck back with another triple and a layup by senior guard Myles Turner (Richmond, Va.) tied the game, 83-all, with 24 seconds to go.
- Lynchburg's Zack Burnett's attempt to win the game in regulation was swatted away by Molden, and the squads prepped for overtime.
- The Hornets struck first in the extra period, going up 86-83, but the Wasps scored the next 13 points for the first double-digit lead of the contest. Lynchburg would cut the margin to nine on two different occasions in the final 35 seconds of the game, but Emory & Henry hit its final six free throws to win, 102-91.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders
- The Wasps saw six different players score at least 10 points led by Molden with a game-high 23. He hit 6-of-12 of his attempts from the field including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and added eight assists, two steals and a block.
- Sophomore forward Aaron Ferguson (Princeton, W.Va.) had 20 points and seven boards off the bench while sophomore forward Alic Wynn (Asheville, N.C.) notched his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
- Turner and sophomore guard Clif Conley (Galax, Va.) each had 12 points, as Conley was 4-for-4 from long range, while junior guard John Shelor (Giles, Va.) tacked on 10 points.

Lynchburg Individual Leaders
- Connor Schroeder had 22 points and seven rebounds to pace the Hornets, while Burnett was close behind with 21 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Logan Seacrist put up 16 points and two boards while Lyndon White had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

A Deeper Look
- Emory & Henry went 52.1 percent (37-for-71) from the field, including an 11-for-21 (52.4%) performance from beyond the arc. The Wasps also hit 17-of-20 (85%) of their free throw attempts on the evening.
- LC shot 36-for-74 (48.6%) for the game but struggled from long range, connecting on just 20 percent (4-for-20) of its three-point chances. The Hornets were 15-for-25 (60%) from the charity stripe.
- Emory & Henry held a 41-38 lead on rebounding but Lynchburg led 13-7 on second chance points with its 13-11 advantage on the offensive glass.
- The Hornets forced the Wasps into 22 turnovers which they cashed in for 18 points while E&H scored 16 points off 14 LC miscues.
- Lynchburg held a 54-46 lead on points in the paint, but Emory & Henry's 33-12 advantage on three-point shooting proved a major factor in the win.

Up Next
- Emory & Henry will have its third home game in a row Saturday when it hosts Randolph College in ODAC action. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
- The game will be the second of a doubleheader with the Wasps' women's team.
- With snow in the forecast for this weekend, fans are strongly encouraged to use caution when traveling during periods of winter weather. Please be cautious in parking lots and sidewalks where melted and compacted snow can be extremely slippery.

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