With information from wire reports
Steve Viterbo finished one point shy of tying his career mark as five Young Harris College men’s basketball players reached double figures in scoring as the Mountain Lions rolled to an 86-76 victory on Saturday over Tennessee Temple at the YHC Basketball Arena.
“I told the team the last six games we played, the opposition averaged 81 points and about 50 percent shooting, and we can’t have that if we want to win,” YHC head coach Pete Herrmann said. “When you hold them to 39 percent, you can win. And because we moved the ball, we shot over 50 percent. We shot a lot of free throws (25-of-37). We got to the line and we took good shots. It was a good win.”
Viterbo finished with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds. Frank Adams was 14-of-17 from the free-throw line to score 18 points and grab 11 boards, while O’Neil Lubin added 17 points. Matt Preston and Bryson Robertson finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively as the Mountain Lions shot 52 percent (29-of-56) from the floor.
The Mountain Lions (4-13) opened the game on a 25-13 run, capped by an Adams three-point play with 9:20 remaining in the first half. YHC extended the advantage to 32-17 after a Viterbo 3-pointer, and took a 43-31 lead into the break.
YHC built a 17-point lead, 63-46, midway through the second half, but Tennessee Temple refused to go quietly, cutting the deficit to 75-68 with 3:18 remaining. That would be as close as the Crusaders would get.
Lewis Leanard paced Tennessee Temple (8-12) with 21 points and 10 boards. Ed Pellot-Rosa added 18 points as the Crusaders were 27-of-68 shooting for 40 percent.
YHC hits the road for a 7:30 p.m., contest on Monday, Jan. 31 against Tennessee Wesleyan.