FERRUM, Va. — Although the rain quit outside, Ferrum College made it rain inside Swartz Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon, snapping Christopher Newport University’s 12-game win streak with an 82-58 USA South decision.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 17-4 overall, 12-2 in the conference and are in a three-way tie with CNU and Greensboro College for first place in the league.
Ferrum came into the game having lost nine straight to the Captains; its last win coming on Jan. 25, 2009 at the Freeman Center (83-81). The Panthers’ last home win against their USA South nemesis was on Feb. 26, 2008 (69-54).
The Panthers exploded out of the gates, leading 16-6 less than six minutes into the game. Ferrum extended the lead to 23-8 with 9:18 showing on the clock, prompting the Captains to burn their second timeout of the half.
CNU (17-4, 12-2 USA South) cut it to 25-20 with 4:45 left until intermission, but the hosts closed the first frame on a 14-5 run.
The Black and Gold shot 44.4 percent from the floor in the opening stanza, including a 62.5 percent clip from downtown, to claim a 39-25 advantage at the break.
Jacole Hairston ignited an 18-2 charge to open the second stanza to build the hosts’ lead to 30, their largest lead of the contest, at the 14:22 mark.
CNU was able to cut the deficit to 75-58 with two minutes to play, but the Panthers scored the final seven points for the huge USA South victory.
FC shot 45.5 percent for the game, including 6-of-13 from deep. The Panthers held the visitors to 33.8 percent from the floor.
The Black and Gold dismantled CNU on the glass, out-rebounding the Captains 52-37. Ferrum dished out 25 dimes to CNU’s 12. The visitors were a blocking machine, having nine in the contest.
Tesla Akers led Ferrum in scoring with 15 points, shooting 3-of-6 from deep in the process. Katy Kipps shot 5-of-8 from the floor on her way to 13 points and 10 rebounds and her first double-double of the season.
Hairston and Shea Smith contributed 11 points each, while Kristen Keith posted her second double-double in as many days with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kelsey Frazier notched 10 points, to round out the six players in double figures for the home team.
Kayla Goins dished out a game-high six assists against no turnovers.
Camry Green led Christopher Newport with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Coach Bryan Harvey’s squad, winners of four-in-a-row, travels to Greensboro on Feb. 8 to face the Pride in a battle of top place teams in the conference. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.