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Men's Basketball Hands Greenville First Conference Loss, Seven Griffins Reach Double-Figures

Photo credit: Sports Information Graduate Assistant, Kylie Lang Elbin
Photo credit: Sports Information Graduate Assistant, Kylie Lang Elbin

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University men's basketball team posted a season-high 142 points and dealt the Greenville Panthers its first conference loss in the 142-129 win.

Final: Fontbonne 142, Greenville 129

Location: DSAC

Records: Fontbonne (4-5; 2-1 SLIAC), Greenville (3-6; 2-1 SLIAC)

How It Happened

In the first half, the Griffins jumped out to a 26-17 lead at the 11:58 mark on Elijah Rice's made layup. With 6:25 left on the clock, the Panthers trailed 47-34 on Rakim Murphy's layup. Then, the Griffins offense took over going on an 11-0 run over just two minutes time to stretch its advantage out to 58-34.

The team held onto its double-digit lead the rest of the way and went into the locker room on top, 72-58.

The Griffins shot 63.3 percent from the floor in the first half and had four players in double-figures with Jalen Wadlington leading with 17. Greenville shot 42.6 percent from the field and had its struggles from downtown going 9-of-26 (34.6 percent).

In the second half, Wadlington's made layup gave Fontbonne the 97-76 lead with 13:50 remaining in regulation. The Panthers, though rallied with a 9-0 run in less than two minutes as Rakim Murphy's layup made it a 97-85 contest.

However, the Griffins got its lead back out to near 20 on Noah Coddington's made jumper to expand the lead out to 116-97 with 6:46 to go. Fontbonne never looked back from there as they went on for the 13-point win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne set new season-highs in field goals made (60), field goals attempted (91), defensive rebounds (48), total rebounds (64), and assists (37).
  • Greenville ended the outing with a 42.5 field goal percentage and collected 20 offensive boards.

Greenville Leaders

  • Kendall Edmond and Sontiago Grady tied with a team-high 16 points each.
  • Austyn Contreras and Henry Johnson added 13 and 12 points.
  • Marvin Bateman, Kameron Vinsel, and Quincy Pinkard contributed 10 points apiece.

Fontbonne Leaders

Up Next

The Griffins close out its home stretch on Wednesday when they'll host Waldorf in a non-conference outing. Tip-off at 7 p.m.  

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