Panthers take over first with win in showdown with Hornets
The last time the Bryant Hornets had lost was at Benton on Jan. 10. The last time the Benton Panthers had lost it was at J.A. Fair on Jan. 14. So, when the two teams met at the Hornets Nest on Wednesday night, something had to give — Bryant’s six-game winning streak or Benton’s five-game winning streak — and, to the winner, sole possession of first place in the South Conference.
The Panthers never trailed.
After an opening run of 15-4, Benton’s lead was never less than 8 on the way to a 73-60 win that improved its overall record to 15-6 and league mark to 7-1 going into Friday’s home rematch with Fair.