PREVIEW – Game 4 W&M vs High Point
The Opponent: High Point Panthers 1-2, Big South Conference (finished 1st last season)
Founded in 1926 as High Point College, a Methodist supported institution.
The Coach: Scott Cherry (fifth season, 57-66 overall, Last season 17-14, 12-4 Big South – North Div. Champs).
Former UNC player under Dean Smith and Asst. Coach at GMU.
The Series: W&M has split Series with the Panthers to date at 2 games a piece, with the Home teams having won the first three contests, before the Tribe’s road win last season. One of the losses, however, does have a bit of a footnote, as it took place back in 1925, with W&M losing 26-25.
The Skinny: The Panthers, picked to win the Big South this season, are averaging 78.3 points a game. They have shot 51.6% from the floor in their first three contests. 5th year Senior Allen Chaney (Va. Tech transfer) has hit 22 of his 36 shots this season (61%). John Brown, their leading scorer, and Pre-Season Player of the Year, was the Florida 1A Player of the Year his Senior Year. He is shooting 65% from the floor and has 14 offensive rebounds in 3 games. Last time out High Point fell, on the road, to Eastern Kentucky by 74-67 to drop to 1-2 on the season.
00 John Brown 6’7” R-So. F, 21.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 apg;
13 Allen Chaney 6’9” R-Sr. F, 18.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg,
2 Derrell Edwards 6’4” Sr. G, 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.7 apg;
1 Dejuan McGaughy 6’1” Sr. G, 7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg,
15 Lorenzo Cugini 6’6” So. F ,7.05 ppg, 2.3 rpg.
22 Adam Weary 6’3” So. G, 13.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg;
24 Tony Lindaur 6’3” Fr. G, 4.0 ppg, 1.3 apg, 50% from 3.
Tribe Disa & Data:
The Tribe leads all CAA teams in shooting percentage, at 50.3 percent from the field. They also, a bit surprisingly, hold the lead in steals at 7.0 ppg.
Jr. Marcus Thornton is averaging 20.7 ppg to lead the CAA. He has scored double figures in 35 consecutive games and is leading the team in assists, at 3.7 per game.
Soph. Terry Tarpey is averaging 9.7 points per game, shooting 84.6 % from the floor and leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 per game.
Frosh. Omar Prewitt is averaging 14.7 points per game, shooting 56% from the floor and is second on the team in rebounding, at 6.3 per game. He is the CAA Co-Freshman of the Week
The Broadcast: The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM on our affiliates 92.3 FM and 107.9 FM and on the internet at www.tribeathletics.com. Tune in early to hear Tony’s thoughts on the game and our analysis of the Panthers. There is no regional TV coverage, but TribeTV will stream the game.
Final Thoughts: This will be a strong test for the Tribe. They play in a Carolina style offense, pushing the ball whenever possible and pressing when needed. Sophomore John Brown is a very dangerous player and Chaney’s return to health gives them another effective banger on the boards. The Tribe will have to get off to a good start and get the crowd into it and be sure to lay bodies on Brown and Chaney to prevent second chance points.
Time to get win #2.