Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Destroys Lees-McRae for Third Straight Win

Kentucky Wesleyan 108

Lees-McRae 73

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team stretched its season-opening win streak to three games with a convincing 108-73 victory over Lees-McRae in the Panthers' home opener on Tuesday night at the Sportscenter.

Jordan Jacks led six KWC players with 18 points. Devin Langford added 17 points, Ken-Jah Bosley scored 15 points, Tamron Manning added 14 points, and Luis Becerra and C.J. Blackwell finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Panthers owned a 54-22 rebounding edge, with Marcus Fillyaw leading the way with nine. He also added seven points and a game-high six assists.

Overall, third-year coach Happy Osborne was pleased with the effort from his squad.

"I love our team," he said. "I'm glad to be 3-0. We've got a long way to get to where we want to be, but we're making strides all the time. They've just got to continue to improve."

The Panthers shot 62.5 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from long range while limiting the Bobcats to just 30.3 percent overall and 28 percent on 3-pointers. KWC also attacked the rim at will, finishing with a 54-20 paint scoring advantage and making 31-of-46 free throws in the process.

The Bobcats (0-3) were led by Kendall Isler's 14 points and seven rebounds, and Zach Wilmoth added 11 points.

The Panthers led 10-9 six minutes into the game, but an alley-oop finish by Langford off the Fillyaw assist sparked an 8-0 run that helped KWC push ahead for good.

"I feel like that's three in a row for Devin that he's played well," Osborne said. "The guys all pull for each other, I think they want to win, and I think they're fun to watch. And there's so much room for improvement, that's the great thing."

Bosley's layup with 18 seconds left in the first half gave the Panthers a 55-28 halftime advantage. The second half was much of the same, and KWC took its largest lead on Manning's 3-pointer to go up 97-58 with five minutes left to play. Becerra later put the finishing touches on the Panthers' win with a layup in the final 20 seconds.

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