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Ferrum College senior point guard Marshall Hamilton (5) draws a late-game foul on Greensboro (N.C.) College’s Chakiris Moss (24) in the Panthers’ 82-72 USA South Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory at William P. Swartz Gymnasium. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Friday, January 25, 2013
FERRUM -- Lamont King scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Ferrum College to an 82-72 USA South Athletic Conference men's basketball win over Greensboro College Wednesday at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.
King was honored in a pregame ceremony to honor him as the 16th member of Ferrum's 1,000-Point Club.
Ferrum trailed Greensboro by six at halftime, but used a 20-7 run to open the second half en route to the win.
Ferrum is 11-1 against Greensboro in the last 12 games of the series.
The Panthers shot 46 percent from the floor, to Greensboro's 36 percent.
Jamal Pullen netted 16 points for Ferrum, while Alek Ayer returned to the line-up after missing several games because of an ankle injury and scored 11.
Marshall Hamilton passed out a game-best seven assists to go with his eight points and four rebounds.
For King, it was his third straight 20-plus point performance and his sixth this season.
King is averaging 16.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game through Ferrum's first 16 games, both team-best totals.
King has been a driving force in helping Ferrum remain in the hunt for the USA South title in a season in which the Panthers were picked to finish eighth in the nine-team league.
The Panthers (6-1 in the USA South, 9-7 overall) are a half game in arrears to conference leader Christopher Newport (7-1 USA South).
King leads the USA South in field goal percentage at 54.5 percent, and is fifth in scoring with 16.2 points per game.
King has 1,034 career points, placing him 14th on Ferrum's all-time scoring list. Also, to date, he has 510 career rebounds.
King began his college career in 2007-08 at Queens (N.C.) University and scored 188 points in 31 games.
King sat out two years before transferring to Ferrum for the 2010-11 campaign, his sophomore year.
King has scored 846 points in two-plus season at Ferrum.
Luqman Tijani scored 21 points for the Pride (3-5 USA South, 8-8 overall), while Brian Thomas and Damian Nixon had 13 and 12 points.
Thomas was 3 of 4 from behind the three-point arc, and Dixon distributed four assists.
Ferrum plays conference rival North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C. Saturday. Tip off is 4 p.m.