The Greenville University Men’s Basketball team picked up two big home wins this past week to put them in second place in the SLIAC Conference. The Panthers won against Spalding University Golden Eagles and MacMurray College Highlanders.
The Panthers won against the Golden Eagles by a score of 140-119. Greenville led at the half 84-66 with Kameron Vinsel leading the way with 15 points.
For the Golden Eagles, Marcus Montgomery puts up 36 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Brian Tribble and Troy Amanor both finished with a double-double with Tribble finishing with 12 points and 14 assists and Amanor scored 26 and grabbing 14 rebounds on the night.
With the win over MacMurray, the Panthers moved to .500 mark for the first time this season with a record of 11-10.
The win over Highlanders was 161-131 on Saturday night. The offense showed up with 7 people in double figures. Panthers went into the halftime with 77-61 and outscored the Highlanders 84-70 in the second half. It was a great showing from the three-point line as Greenville shot 35 for 81 which is 43.25%. Bateman and Vinsel led the charge combining for 18 threes. Bateman was 10 for 18 on threes and finished the game with 34 points. Vinsel was 5 for 13 from the three-point line and ended up scoring 26 points to go along with 5 assists and 4 steals. Dustin Bankowski finished the game with 10 assists and 6 rebounds with his 7 points. Henry Johnson and Riley Simmons led the charge of the bench. Simmons had 19 points and 9 rebounds with 6 assists. Johnson had 18 points and 7 steals to lead the team in steals. Williams finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
MacMurray Highlanders were led by Logan Dorethy 28 points and 12 rebounds. Trevor Voss chipped in with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Drew Burwinkel had a big game finishing with a triple-double, he had 13 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds. The Highlanders turned the ball over 37 times.
Coach Groves gave his thoughts on the team after the win over MacMurray. Groves said, “The team played extremely hard and very unselfish in the game against MacMurray. It was a major improvement from our game the first time. Marv and Kam combined to hit 18 threes and that is always helpful.”
Bateman had some to say about his performances and the confidence of his team heading towards the end of the season. He said, “I was feeling pretty good during the game. I was just feeding off of the energy of my teammates and we kept that going and were able to play good team ball. The two games are a big confidence booster for our team for sure. We are heading to the end of the season and need to really lock-in and these wins just give us that reassurance that we are capable of big things.”
Panthers will be back in action on Wednesday. The Greenville Panthers travel to Iowa Wesleyan to play at 7:30.
Media by Dalton Bloemer.