Penny's Record-Setting Night Leads Eagles to Win
WILMORE, Ky. - CJ Penny pulled down 25 of the Eagles' 44 total rebounds on the night -- accompanying his 15 points -- as he led his team to a big 81-64 win on Saturday afternoon against Virginia University at Lynchburg.
The senior forward started out hot on the boards, picking up nine of his 25 in the game's first seven minutes. From there he would put up five more in the half to go to the break with 15 as the Eagles held a 20 point lead, 45-25.
A big reason for the Eagles' success in the first half was not only from their effort on the boards which they held a 26-14 advantage in, but also their shooting. Asbury shot nearly 55 percent from the field in the first half on 17-of-31 shooting. Dakotah Euton -- who had a game-high 18 points -- and Cam Richardson shot 9-of-13 in the first half and combined for 23 heading into the break.
The second half proved the first was no fluke for the Eagles. Penny continued dominating the boards, and the rest of the team seemingly couldn't miss. Ten Eagles scored in the second half as the Eagles would finish the game with a .486 shooting percentage.
Penny's final stat line was record-setting for Asbury. He broke the single game rebound record that was set back on Feb. 28, 1998, by Art McMahon (24) against Berea. Interestingly enough, the Eagles lost that game 15 years ago. Tonight, they came out on the winning end.
"CJ has a natural nose for the ball," head coach Will Shouse said of his senior forward after the game. "His willingness to chase down rebounds like he did tonight is a must for this team to get where we want to be by the end of the season."
On the other side of the court the Dragons got 13 points from Lay McPhaul and 12 from Teondre Bromell. They were outrebounded 44-34 and shot just 10-17 from the charity stripe and 2-10 from beyond the arc.
The Eagles get a few days off before traveling to Belleville, Ill., to face off against the Lynx of Lindenwood Belleville for the second time this season. Gametime is TBD. The Eagles took the first game 92-88.
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