Winthrop men’s basketball made 28-of-33 free throws and shot 55 percent from the floor for an 82-70 win Saturday over High Point in the Millis Center.
Winthrop jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind two threes from Bjorn Broman and two free throws from Xavier Cooks. High Point cut the deficit in half at 10-5, but Anders Broman fired back with a three.
With the Eagles leading 15-9 after Jahaad Proctor hit a jumper, Winthrop reeled off seven straight points to push the lead to double-figures at 22-9 after Adam Pickett drove the lane and knocked down a contested jumper.
During the next seven minutes, the Eagles kept their lead 8 to 11 points. Winthrop led 32-31 after Denny Slay scored off a drive for High Point.
Then the Eagles went on another 7-0 run to push the lead to 39-21 as the run was capped by an Anders Broman three that led to a timeout by High Point.
The run was stopped by a free throw from Jordan Whithead as he went 1-for-2 at the line with 29 seconds left.
The Eagles scored on their final possession as Pickett drove and dished to Josh Ferguson for the dunk with three seconds and a 19-point lead at the break (41-22).
Winthrop shot 52 percent from the floor while holding High Point to 25 percent. The Eagles were tough on the boards with a 26-14 advantage.
It was a good start to the second half for the Eagles as Ferguson scored inside and then the Eagles drew a charge on the defensive end and Ferguson scored again to lead by 23 points.
Proctor hit a three for High Point only to be matched by Anders Broman from the corner as the Eagles led 48-25 with 18:07 to play.
Bjorn Broman put the Eagles up 59-39 after two free throws but High Point scored the next five points to cut it to 59-44.
Winthrop got back-to-back stops on the defensive end and scored on the offensive end each time to push the lead to 63-44, forcing High Point to call timeout.
High Point tried to chip away at the lead midway through the second half and got within 14 points with 9:09 remaining, but Pickett scored on a drive and Anders Broman drained a corner three to put the Eagles back on top by 19 (71-52).
Winthrop continued to hold a 14-19 point lead the rest of the way.
Winthrop finished 18-of-20 from the foul line in the second half. Despite just 17 field goal attempts in the second half, the Eagles shot 59 percent while High Point shot 50 percent.
Inside the box score
Winthrop shot 55 percent while holding the Panthers to 37 percent.
Winthrop committed 25 turnovers that led to 24 points off turnovers for the Panthers.
The Eagles were 8-for-15 behind the arc and also finished with 26 points in the paint.
Bjorn Broman managed 16 points in the game, despite just taking four shots as he finished 10-for-11 at the charity stripe. He also tied his career-high of seven rebounds.
Anders Broman finished the game with 14 points as he was one of four players in double-figures.
Adam Pickett set career-highs in assists (7) and rebounds (8).
Winthrop had 10 blocks in the game led by Cooks with four of them and Ferguson with three.
Charles Falden gave the Eagles a lift off the bench with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and 2-for-2 behind the arc.
This was the 10th game this season the Eagles led by 10 or more points at the half as they are 10-0 in those games, and the sixth game on the season the Eagles did not trail at all.
The Eagles have now won 9-of-10 games and are guaranteed a winning record for a 5th straight season.
Eagles sweep regular season series with High Point for first time since 2006-07 season. It also is the first time since the 2005-06, 2006-07 season in which the Eagles won back-to-back games at the Millis Center
Winthrop has won all four games in which Ferguson has recorded a double-double.
Eagles have 29 blocks in the last four games (7.3 per game).
This season the Eagles are now 9-1 in games played on Saturday/Sunday combined.
Winthrop has now won 13 of the last 14 games against league opponents by 10 or more points.
Pat Kelsey moved into second in program history with 66 Big South wins, passing Randy Peele’s mark of 65.
Winthrop heads to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Gardner-Webb at 6 p.m. Thursday.