Suggs leads men's basketball in season-opener win

Suggs leads men's basketball in season-opener win

Fayetteville, N.C. -- The regular season has finally arrived. 

During the preseason, University of Lynchburg men's basketball was picked fourth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference poll, received votes in D3Hoops.com's preseason rankings, and T.C. Thacker earned a preseason all-America honorable mention award. 

After all those accoladtes, the Hornets began the 2021-22 campaign with an 83-70 win over Methodist on Sunday.

Two transfers, Carrington Young and Cameron Savage, were in the starting lineup for the Hornets. However, Isräel Lockamy, one of Lynchburg's 14 returners, knocked down the first points of the 2021-22 season with a corner three. 

Methodist took an early 4-3 lead two minutes into play. Tharon Suggs responded with a jumper and the Hornets never relinquished the lead again. Suggs kickstarted a 34-3 run for the Hornets lasting over eight minutes and featuring seven different scorers.

Lynchburg kept Methodist uncomfortable the entire first half, pushing the pace on offense and muting the Monarchs on defense. The Hornets scored 32 points in the paint during the opening 20 minutes and shot 7-12 (58.3%) from three. Methodist went 9-33 (27.3) from the floor. 

Suggs capped off an explosive first half with two free throws, getting to 18 points before the break. Lynchburg went into the locker room leading 51-21. The Hornets scored 50 points in one half for the first time since Jan. 27, 2021 and scored their most single-half points since hanging 52 on Emory & Henry in 2020. 

Suggs came out of the break and continued his scoring ways, knocking down the first bucket of the second half. 

Jalen Hargrove gave the Hornets a 34-point lead on an alley-oop from Jordan Parham with 11:21 to play. When he was not dishing out assists, Parham was knocking down threes. He ended the afternoon with 11 points on 3-4 (75%) shooting from downtown.

After Landon Sutton made the score 67-33 with a pair of free throws halfway through the second, the Monarchs ripped off a 24-6 scoring run and cut Lynchburg's lead to 73-57.

T.C. Thacker put Lynchburg back up by 20 with a layup off an assist from Young. Thacker finished the afternoon with 17 points and 10 boards, his fifth-consecutive double-double. 

The Monarchs kept chipping away near the end of the game, but Lynchburg held on for an 83-70 win. 

The Hornets won their eighth-straight season opener thanks to a team-high 22 points from Suggs and contributions from nine other scorers. Suggs shot 8-13 (61.5%) from the floor including 2-3 (66.7%) from deep. He also had a flawless performance at the free-throw line. 

Lynchburg shot 52.9% (27-51) from the floor as a team, the team's best mark since going 36-65 (55.4%) against Eastern Mennonite on Dec. 7, 2019. 

The Hornets (1-0) visit Mary Washington for their next game on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

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--LYN--

 

 

Wed Dec 01
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Wed Dec 01
7:00 PM
Ferrum
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Dec 03
2 p.m.
Lynchburg
at Yellow Jacket Invitational
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Sat Dec 04
8:45 a.m.
Lynchburg
at Yellow Jacket Invitational
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Sat Dec 04
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 04
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Wed Dec 08
7:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 11
2:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 11
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Salisbury
Sun Dec 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
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Sun Nov 14
Final
83 Lynchburg
70 at Methodist
Fri Nov 19
Final
65 Lynchburg
68 at Mary Washington
Sun Nov 21
Final
66 Chris. Newport
83 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Nov 27
Final
51 N.C. Wesleyan
79 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 01
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Dec 04
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 11
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Salisbury
Sun Dec 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Wed Dec 15
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at William Peace
Wed Dec 29
5:30 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio E. M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic
Thu Dec 30
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBD
@ College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio E. M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic
Wed Jan 05
5:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Jan 08
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 12
2:00 PM
Ferrum
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 15
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
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Fri Nov 05
Final
48 Averett
77 vs. Lynchburg
Mon Nov 08
Final
57 Lynchburg
66 at Mary Washington
Fri Nov 12
Final
59 William Peace
76 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 16
Final
63 Lynchburg
61 at N.C. Wesleyan
Wed Dec 01
7:00 PM
Ferrum
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 04
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Wed Dec 08
7:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 11
2:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Mon Dec 13
12:00 PM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 29
7:00 PM
Chris. Newport
vs. Lynchburg
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va. Susan Dunagan Holiday Classic
Thu Dec 30
7:00 PM
Elizabethtown
vs. Lynchburg
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va. Susan Dunagan Holiday Classic
Wed Jan 05
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Jan 08
4:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 12
5:00 PM
Hollins
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 15
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
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Wed Oct 13
Final
0 Guilford
2 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Match
Sat Oct 16
Final
0 Shenandoah
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming | SU forfeit due to COVID-19 protocols
Wed Oct 20
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Randolph
Sat Oct 23
Final
2 Lynchburg
0 at Hampden-Sydney
Tue Oct 26
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
6 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 30
Final
0 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Game 3 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Nov 03
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. Lynchburg
Game 6 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 06
Final - 2OT
0 Randolph
1 vs. Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Championship
Sat Nov 13
Final - OT
2 Hanover
1 vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. NCAA Tournament -- First Round
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Sun Oct 10
Final
2 No. 23 Lynchburg
0 at Randolph-Macon
Wed Oct 13
Final
1 Va. Wesleyan
0 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sat Oct 16
Final
0 Roanoke
2 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 20
Final
1 No. 25 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Sat Oct 23
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 vs. No. 25 Lynchburg
CODE RED Match | Senior Day
Wed Oct 27
Final
11 Lynchburg
0 at Hollins
Sat Oct 30
Final
1 Lynchburg
5 at No. 4 Chris. Newport
Tue Nov 02
Final - 2OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Fri Nov 05
Final
4 Lynchburg
0 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Game 6 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun Nov 07
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Game 7 - ODAC Championship
Sat Nov 13
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 vs. Middlebury
@ Dallas NCAA Tournament -- First Round
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