The men's basketball team struggled to find their shooting touch playing on the road at LaGrange in their season opener and fell to the Panthers, 77-59. The Panthers connected on 52% of their shots while the Petrels were only able to convert at a 39% success rate in the loss.
The game was tied at 11 apiece just four minutes into the contest before LaGrange made a decisive move over the next ten minutes of action, outscoring Oglethorpe 22-4 to open up a 33-15 advantage. The Petrels managed to whittle the margin down to 11 at the break (40-29) and then shrunk the lead all the way to 8 (42-34) less than a minute into the second stanza.
The Panthers, however, used another spurt to regain a double-digit advantage and then held the Petrels at arm's length the rest of the way to earn the win. Oglethorpe struggled from the field but found life even tougher beyond the arc where they only made 5-of-24 (21%) in the contest. LaGrange held a slim 34-32 advantage in the rebounding department to maintain control of the game throughout.
Oglethorpe features a young team in 2011-12 with only two seniors on the roster and, despite the loss, their shooting acumen promises to increase as the young talent begins to gel. The Petrels will have a chance to get in the win column on Friday night when they host Millikin on Pinholster Court at 8:00 p.m.