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Scott Harris Lynchburg College Sports Information 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501 434-544-8495 harris.se@lynchburg.edu

For Immediate Release - 12/20/08 - #142 Christopher Newport Downs Men’s Basketball Team 84-65

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - The Christopher Newport University men’s basketball team downed Lynchburg College 84-65 Saturday night in non-conference action from Newport News, VA. The score was tied at 11 in the first half, but the Captains used an 11-1 run to take a 22-12 advantage to force LC into calling a timeout. LC came out of the timeout firing away, cutting the lead to just four points after going on an 8-2 run. The first-half would continue to be a back and forth contest, but LC looked to be building some momentum going into the second-half, down just 38-34with 34 seconds remaining, but Brian Hermann of CNU drilled a three pointer with three seconds remaining to propel the Captains into the half with a 41-34 lead.

Steven Echols (Martinsville, VA/Carlisle) fueled the Hornets in the first half, scoring 12 points and tacking on three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Mason Wooldridge (New Canton, VA/Fork Union) contributed with nine first-half points and three boards while KC Mendez (San Antonio, TX/Winston Churchill) came off the bench to add on nine points in just 12 minutes. Davon Barton paced CNU with 10 points and three steals. LC shot 13-27 (48%) and CNU was 16-27 (59%) from the field in the first stanza. The Hornets were also 5-10 from three range while CNU converted on four of six attempts from long range, and each team corralled 14 first half rebounds. CNU dished out 10 assists and LC handed on nine, and the teams combined for 25 first half turnovers with LC losing the ball 13 times and CNU 12. The Captains came out of the locker room at the half to take command of the game, utilizing a 16-7 run to build a 57-41 lead with 14:13 remaining. The run was characterized by four Lynchburg turnovers as well as 7-12 shooting by the Captains. The Hornets wouldn’t give up, cutting the lead to 59-48 with 10:59 left in the contest to cause CNU to burn a timeout, but the Captains scored the next four points to push their lead back to 15. The Captains lead ballooned to 17 with 5:30 remaining, but LC fought back to trim the lead down to 10 with 3:10 left in the contest; however, CNU closed out the game scoring 13 of the last 17 points.

Wooldridge led the Hornets with 19 points and seven caroms while Mendez posted 15 points and three assists and Echols tallied 14 points, five steals, four rebounds, and four assists. Five players scored in double figures for the Captains: Thomas Whinnett (19), Theo Baker (16), Mark Blasingame (16), Davon Barton (12), and Michael Green (10). Barton added six assists and three steals but also turned the ball over eight times, and Blasingame contributed with nine rebounds and five denials. Green recorded eight boards and Whinnett added five assists. CNU finished the game shooting 58% (33-57) from the field while LC shot 42% (25-59). CNU shot a blazing 11-18 from three range and LC converted on just six of 20 attempts from deep. The Captains handed out 21 assists compared to 14 for the Hornets, but CNU also had 21 turnovers with LC committing 19. The Captains maintained control of the glass with a 36-29 advantage in rebounds.

LC will resume play on Monday, December 29, against Huntingdon College at 7 p.m. in the Tampa Bay Shootout. On December 30, they will play either DePauw or Drew.

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CNU finished the game shooting 58% (33-57) from the field while LC shot 42% (25-59). CNU shot a blazing 11-18 from three range and LC conver...