On Wednesday night, a strong Emory team set back LaGrange for the second time in two weeks, 84-72.
The hot-shooting Eagles came out firing and knocked down 11 points before the Panthers answered more than 6 minutes into the game. Once LC found its footing, the contest was a much more even affair.
"I'm proud of how our team battled back after a slow start to the game," said Head Coach Jasen Jonus. "We never gave up and showed a lot of fight the whole game."
The Panthers finished the first quarter down 18-11, then fought back to tie it at one point in the second. The score stood at 34-28 at the half.
In the third, LC fought to within three points, but that was as close it would get. A supportive home crowd wasn't enough, and the Eagles stretched their lead into the final quarter.
LaGrange hit 39.3% of its field goals to Emory's 50%, but neither team shot well outside the arc.
"Emory has a very talented team, and I've been telling our players that we're never losing a game, we're only learning from it to make us better for the future," said Coach Jonus. "Our future is bright. We have to stay together and bounce back one game at a time."
The Panthers travel this weekend and will face Pensacola Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m.