The Winthrop men’s basketball team scored over 90 points for the second time this season, as the Eagles cruised to a 96-62 victory over Virginia Intermont on Saturday. The Eagles used good shot selection and ball movement on their way to claiming the best start for Winthrop basketball since the 2006-07 season.
In the first few minutes of the game, the Eagles and Cobras played a surprisingly close game as both teams came out of the gate shooting well. Midway through the first half, however, the Eagles gained their first double-digit advantage in w hat would soon become a very one-sided affair. Winthrop also showed more of an emphasis in shooting from mid and long range, going on to shoot 50% of the 36 field goals in the first half, as the Eagles took a 45-31 lead into halftime.
The second half proved to be better than the first, as the Eagles shot 65% from the floor, led by junior Andre Smith and freshman Keon Johnson’s barrage of three point shots. Winthrop also won the battle down low, scoring 30 points in the paint in the half and out-rebounding the Cobras by seven in the half. Winthrop used multiple runs, including a 20-7 run that gave the Eagles a 20-point lead with 9:26 remaining in the second half to roll on to their 92-62 win.
Winthrop was led in scoring by Johnson, who scored a new career-high of 20 points and distributed three assists in his 20 minutes played. Smith also was a key factor, shooting 60% from the floor and scoring 16 points along with two rebounds, while junior James Bourne scored a career-high 15 points in 14 minutes. The Eagles would also utilize the quick play of junior guard Brandon Vega, who contributed four points and eight assists, as well as the 11 points and four blocks of sophomore Tevin Prescott.
The Eagles now look forward to tie for the best November record since the 06-07 season in a home contest against James Madison on Wednesday. Tipoff at Winthrop Coliseum is at 7 p.m.