Lynchburg, Va. -- The University of Lynchburg men's basketball team earned a convincing 77-64 victory over No. 22 Christopher Newport Sunday afternoon to wrap up the inaugural Wayne Proffitt Classic.
The Hornets remain undefeated this season with an 7-0 record. Lynchburg has never been 7-0 in the ODAC era; reliable records for the program only go back to 1976.
Senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) and wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) each collected 16 points for the Hornets. Wrighten also grabbed 12 rebounds under the basket and two steals; it was his second-straight double-double and his third of the season.
Senior guard Jesse Case (Leesburg, Va.) added 14 points of his own to the win, along with five rebounds and an assist.
Senior forward Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.) was 3-for-4 behind the arc, racking up nine points, four rebounds, and two blocks despite foul trouble. Freshman wing Cole Meadows (Pearisburg, Va.) scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in his collegiate debut.
Mary Washington defeated Randolph, 75-66, in Sunday's early matchup.
Final: Lynchburg 77, Christopher Newport 64
Records: Lynchburg 7-0, Christopher Newport 6-1
Venue: Wayne Proffitt Court at Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg started sluggish in the first half, falling behind Christopher Newport, 20-12, in the early going. The Hornets were energized by Schroeder's 3-pointer with 11:58 left in the period and climbed back into the contest.
Young tied up the game 23-23 after a layup with 8:23 remaining and put Lynchburg ahead with a fast-break 3-pointer 20 seconds later. Lynchburg never trailed again.
The Hornets ended the half on a 12-0 run sparked by Meadows' steal and basket and ending with back-to-back 3-pointers from Schroeder and junior guard Chance Greene (Creedmoor, N.C.). Lynchburg led 43-30 at intermission.
Lynchburg kept the momentum going in the second half even with Christopher Newport drawing closer. The Captains cut the deficit to 49-46 before Case's 3 snatched the momentum away. An 8-0 run midway through the half extended the lead to 13, punctuated by Wrighten's breakaway layup.
The Hornets earned their last 10 points from the free throw line.
Lynchburg will hit the road this Wednesday, Dec. 5 for the season's first away game against the Guilford Quakers at 7 p.m. in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup.