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Panther Men Fall 72-70 at Methodist

Nick Helton had 22 points, including six three-point buckets.
Nick Helton had 22 points, including six three-point buckets.


FAYATTEVILLE, N.C. -- Nick Helton had a season-high 22 points but Ferrum College suffered a 72-70 non-conference men's basketball loss at Methodist University, Saturday, Dec. 29, at the March F. Riddle Center.

Methodist (5-7)
Ferrum (2-10)

The Monarchs had five players in double figure scoring and overcame an 18-point second-half deficit. Ferrum trailed 11-7 five minutes into the game, but capped an 8-0 spurt with Jamal Scott's layup at 11:40 and led 15-11. The Panthers eventually opened a 41-26 lead at the break.

RJ Turner's three-pointer to open the second half gave Ferrum it's largest lead of the game at 44-26. Methodist battled back to get the lead down to 10 points at 69-59 with 2:32 left in regulation. The Monarchs then closed the game with a 13-1 run to pull out the comeback win.

Methodist: Kaymon Mitchell 16 pts, 8 reb; Malik Edwards 14 pts; J'Quan Deal 13 pts;
                    Dante Burden 13 pts; Garren Dearman 12 pts
Ferrum: Helton 22 pts, 6 3FG; Reed 18 pts; Marcus Huff 14 pts, 10 reb

"Unfortunately the trend continued today with a poor second half. Until we mature enough to be able to consistently give a focused effort for 40 minutes, and that's everyone on the court, we will continue to suffer the same results. We have improved so much and have played an extremely tough schedule and it is helping to prepare us for the ODAC, but we have to control the controllables more consistently to beat good teams. I'm disappointed, but hopefully this will be another learning experience and we can grow from it." --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

Coach Tyler Sanborn's team will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Bridgewater College. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m. in Bridgewater, Virginia.