Mountain Lions go undefeated at home with 86-68 win over Warriors
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half as the Mountain Lions defeated Southern Wesleyan University 86-68 in a men's basketball game Tuesday (Feb. 21) evening at the YHC Basketball Arena.
The Mountain Lions finished the season undefeated at home – 15-0 – as they improved to 21-4 record. The Warriors slipped to 9-18. Young Harris wraps up its season Thursday (Feb. 23) with a 7 p.m. contest against North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C.
"It's a great accomplishment to go undefeated at home," said Young Harris head coach Pete Herrmann. "I think in my 42 years of basketball that I've have one or two teams go undefeated at home. It's something truly special."
Young Harris, which led 39-38 at the intermission, jumped on Southern Wesleyan at the start of the second half as they opened up an 11-point lead (57-46) with 14:20 remaining as the Mountain Lions used an 18-8 run, capped off by Malcolm Jackson's putback.
The closest the Warriors would get would be eight points (57-49) after David Brown hit a three-pointer on their next possession. The Mountain Lions pushed their lead to 16 points (71-65) on a Steve Viterbo layup with 7:21 left that was set up by a Bryson Robertson steal.
"It was a solid second half," said Herrmann. "We were able to do what we do best – create turnovers and run the floor."
The Mountain hit 13-of-23 from the floor in the second half, while limiting the Warriors to just 35.5 percent (11-of-31) of their shots. Young Harris also forced Southern Wesleyan into 10 second-half turnovers.
Viterbo and Frank Adams led the way for Young Harris with 21 points each, while Vince Martin had 18. Robertson and Jackson also finished in double figures with 11 points each. Stefan Julian led the Warriors with 11 points, while Kenny Joyner, Nikola Lambic and Brown each tallied 10. Lambic also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.