Lancers Top Century Mark for Second Straight Game
Grace’s men’s basketball team eclipsed 100 points for the second straight game to open the season in a 110-82 rout of Wilberforce on Friday.
The Lancers’ game on Friday night helped open up Mount Vernon Nazarene’s new gym, Ariel Arena, at the Crossroads Classic at MVNU.
Six players reached double-digit scoring for the NAIA 16th-ranked Lancers (2-0), including 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists from Logan Irwin. Grace made 56 percent of their field goals and drilled eight 3-pointers to make short work of Wilberforce.
Within the first 12 minutes of tip-off, Grace had opened up an 18-point lead at 44-20 over the Bulldogs. Despite Wilberforce making six treys in the first period, the Lancers still held a 64-48 advantage at the halftime break.
The Lancers led by as many as 31 points in the second half, substituting freely over the final minutes. Fifteen players saw action for Grace on Friday, and 12 of the Lancers scored a point.
Greg Miller finished with 17 points and six rebounds, Brandon Vanderhegghen netted 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Niko Read made a trio of 3-pointers for 13 points.
Adrian Makolli had 10 points and six boards in his first career start, Kyle Fillman produced 13 points off the bench, and Brock McFarland tallied 8 points, 6 assists, 3 steals and 0 turnovers.
In their impressive first half, Grace made 24 field goals on 63-percent shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Grace’s output of 110 points was the team’s highest since ripping off 129 points against Ohio-Eastern in 2010.
The Lancers will wrap up the Crossroads Classic at MVNU when they face Akron-Wayne on Saturday at 1 p.m.