Written by Joseph Hubbs. Media by Morgan Johnson.
This weekend the Panthers dominated Blackburn for a lopsided 40 point victory. Transfer junior, Jake DeWitt, started things off in fine fashion for the Panthers with a fancy reverse layup and a quick and-one. The Panthers also instituted their defensive wall within the first five minutes, and the Beavers could not find any holes. The solid half court to man pressure of the Panthers put Blackburn in a frantic search to find a man open on the other side of the court. A flustered Beavers squad was not able to weave through the half court pressure, and the Panthers kept the speed of the game going towards their bucket. After 10 minutes the Panthers already mounted an insurmountable 33-7 lead.
Coming out of the locker room at half, the Panthers kept their electric charge. Six minutes in, the Panthers were yet to allow a point to Blackburn, and posted a 16-0 scoring run. In a 98-58 victory, the Panthers biggest lead was 49 points. Junior transfer, Ron Harris, kept the crowd alive in the blowout with two alleyoop dunks. Harris finished the game with a double-double, 14 points and 13 rebounds which led the Panthers in both categories. Other leaders were Tim Daniel, who shot 100 percent from the free throw line, adding 12 points, Alex Mumphard, who added 13 points, five steals, and five assists, and DeWitt, who dropped 10 points of his own.
Throughout the entire game the Panthers demonstrated an uncanny knack for sharing the ball. The team ended the contest with 21 total assists, which is a good sign for a team that starts two transfers and one freshman. Several new players are finding their chemistry with the Panther veterans, and this could shape up to be a bounce back season for a team that finished only 9-16 a season ago. The Panthers record now stands at 5-3. Be sure to come support your new tenacious Panthers at home this Friday, Dec. 11, as they face off against the Loras College Duhawks.