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Ferrum Slips Past Fighting Squirrels, 81-76

The starting five for the first men's basketball home game in program history - Zach Fullagar, Quentin Hart, Vernon Fraley, Jaden Ignacio and Tyler Thomas- with head coach Matt Griggs.
The starting five for the first men's basketball home game in program history - Zach Fullagar, Quentin Hart, Vernon Fraley, Jaden Ignacio and Tyler Thomas- with head coach Matt Griggs.

Ferrum College scored the final five points of the game Saturday afternoon to slip past Mary Baldwin, 81-76, in non-conference men's basketball action.

The contest was the first home game in the history of the Mary Baldwin men's basketball program and the contest was close the entire way. Ferrum's biggest lead of the game was a 41-33 margin at the end of the first half. The Panthers held the lead until Quentin Hart made two foul shots, giving MBU a 55-54, advantage with 12:46 left in the game. From that point, the lead changed hands nine times and the score was tied four times.

A 3-pointer by Zach Fullagar put MBU up by a point, 73-72, with 3:20 left. A free throw by Ferrum's Darius Kemp tied the score and a 3-pointer by Michael Spraggins put the Panthers on top 76-73 with 1:45 left on the clock. 

After the teams traded empty trips, Mary Baldwin guard Jaden Ignacio was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer from the left corner. The MBU guard made all three foul shots to even the score at 76-76 with 42 seconds left to play.

With 35 seconds left, Ferrrum guard Kajuan Madden-McAfee was fouled, but missed both free throws. Ferrum's Kemp came down with the offensive rebound following the second miss and scored on the putback, giving the Panthers a 78-76 lead. The Panthers made 3-of-4 foul shots in the closing seconds to finish off the 81-76 non-conference victory.

Fullagar led Mary Baldwin with a double-double as he scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ignacio scored 15 points and Brandon Stoudamire came off the bench to add 13 points.

The difference in the contest came on the glass where Ferrum owned a 58-33 rebounding advantage. The Panthers grabbed 27 offensive rebounds, leading to 26 second-chance points.

Mary Baldwin returns to action Tuesday night when the Squirrels travel to Eastern Mennonite.