Winthrop 65, Lander 46

Andre Jones scored 20 points to help Winthrop avoid an upset

loss to Division II Lander with a 65-46 victory on Saturday


The Eagles (3-3) struggled early and led 30-28 at halftime, but

outscored Lander 35-18 in the second half, thanks to a 13-for-23

shooting effort (56.5 percent) and a 24-10 rebounding


The Bearcats (3-2) led 32-30 after two free throws from Jermel

Kennedy with 17:37 remaining in the game. Kennedy led Lander with

12 points and five offensive rebounds.

Winthrop went on a 32-10 run that spanned the next 11 minutes,

establishing a 62-42 lead with 1:35 left to play.

The Bearcats shot 6 for 28 from the floor (21.4 percent) in the

second half after a 13-for-29 shooting performance (44.8 percent)

in the first.

Lander has one victory over a Division I opponent. The Bearcats

defeated Charleston Southern 67-59 during the 2004-05 season.