Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers Oakland City for Eighth Win In a Row

Kentucky Wesleyan 97
Oakland City 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

It didn't take long for Devin Langford to make an impact in Kentucky Wesleyan's starting lineup.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward poured in a career-best 28 points as the Panthers soundly defeated Oakland City, 97-61, on Wednesday night at the Sportscenter for their eighth victory in a row.

Named a starter for the second straight contest — after coming off the bench each game since Nov. 29 — Langford knocked down 11-of-16 shots from the floor and 5-of-8 from 3-point range in 31 minutes of action.

"I really wasn't thinking about shooting at all," Langford said afterward. "I was thinking about playing basketball. If I got open shots, I took them. I think the credit is due to my team for getting me open and just playing basketball with me."

The Huntsville, Alabama, native had been averaging 8.9 points per game leading into Wednesday's matchup, and he scored just six points as a starter in KWC's blowout win over Brevard last week. It wasn't the second consecutive start that pushed him to play well, Langford said, but instead he just settled down and focused on helping the Panthers.

"Whenever you start, it's a boost of confidence, but I think it was more about just playing my game," he said. "Going out there and playing team basketball, just looking for the win."

The Panthers (12-3) also got 16 points and nine rebounds out of C.J. Blackwell, while Ken-Jah Bosley scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half. Basil Deveaux also scored 10 points off the bench to go with a team-high seven assists and three steals.

As a team, KWC shot 59.4 percent from the field compared to Oakland City's 42.3 percent shooting. The Panthers held an advantage in nearly every statistical category, including rebounding (42-22), assists (27-12), turnovers (14-21), points in the paint (58-22), points off turnovers (23-12), second chance points (10-3), fast break points (15-4) and bench scoring (30-11).

KWC took a 45-33 lead into halftime on Langford's layup at the buzzer, and the Panthers outscored the Mighty Oaks 52-28 in the second half behind 67 percent shooting, while they held Oakland City to just 37.5 percent from the floor.

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