Moving to 6-3 overall on the season, the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs gained a home win on Saturday night by defeating the Western Brown Broncos, 62-59 in non-conference play.

LC gained a big lead in the first quarter by taking a 23-7 advantage, followed by a 15-12 second quarter for a 38-19 halftime advantage. From there in the second half, LC scored 14 points in the third, while WB totaled 17 points in the same quarter. The fourth frame, the Broncos outscored the Mustangs, 23-10.

"We started out with a sense of urgency and held on at the end … this was a step in the right direction for us,” LC head coach Matt Carson said. “I was really proud of our bench play, as they gave us good minutes (Saturday). It was a great team win.

"Our guards did a great job of finding the open shooters. When we can spread the ball around like this, we are tough to beat."

Looking back to the first frame, Eric McLaughlin, Damin Pierson and Joe Giordano all contributed to the scoring, with all three of them sinking 3-pointers. In the first, Giordano made two 3-pointers and three two-point baskets, netting all 12 of his points for the game in the quarter. Giordano finished with a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.



McLaughlin led LC with 17 points and nine rebounds, finishing the game with three 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter. He also added three two-point buckets in the game, while finishing 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Another player for the Mustangs in double figures was Austin Hilt with 12 points and four steals, making two 3-pointers and three two-point field goals. Hilt made both of his 3-pointers in the third.

The Mustangs also had Pierson total six points and four assists for the game, while Brian Lampkin and AJ Stroop each scored five points, with Lampkin sinking a 3-pointer in the second frame. Scoring four points was Michael Heindel, and with one point was Quintin Smith.

For the game, LC totaled nine 3-pointers and went 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. WB was 12-of-20 in their free throw shooting, while also making seven 3-pointers and 13 two-point baskets. LC finished with 14 two-point field goals in the win.

The Broncos were led in scoring by Clayton Wolfe and Joe Sams with 13 points each. Tim Harvey followed with nine points.

LC will be in action on Tuesday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Ripley. The freshmen game will start at 4:30 p.m.