Men's Basketball: Panthers take on William Peace in first round of USA South Tournament

Men's Basketball: Panthers take on William Peace in first round of USA South Tournament

The LaGrange men's basketball team opens first round play in the USA South Tournament on Thursday against William Peace. The tournament is being hosted by top-seeded Averett University in Danville, Va.

The fifth-seeded Panthers (15-10, 8-6 USA South) and the fourth-seeded Pacers (15-10, 8-6 USA South) met last Sunday in the final game of the regular season. William Peace came away with a 109-86 win to end LC's five-game winning streak. The teams have split four previous meetings and are meeting in the conference tournament for the first time.

LaGrange won back-to-back USA South Tournament titles (2014, 2015) and were runner-ups last year. The Panthers have made three straight trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament. The Panthers have 70 wins over the past four seasons, the best four-year stretch since the school joined NCAA Division III.

Tickets for the tournament contests can be purchased at the venue. Adult general admission is $8.00 while institutional faculty/staff/students along with senior citizens (65 years and older) and children are $3.00. Children under the age of six are free. 

Tournament Schedule - all games played at Averett University (all times EST)

First Round - Thursday, February 23
#6 Piedmont vs. #3 Maryville - 1:00 pm
#7 Greensboro vs. #2 Methodist - 3:00 pm
#5 LaGrange vs. #4 William Peace - 5:00 pm
#8 Covenant vs. #1 Averett - 7:00 pm

Semifinals - Friday, February 24
#6/#3 Winner vs. #7/#2 Winner - 5:00 pm
#5/#4 Winner vs. #8/#1 Winner - 7:00 pm

Final - Saturday, February 25
Semifinal Winners - 3:00 pm

All times subject to change. Continue following www.usasouth.net for all updates.