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Drury Loss Ends Panther's Career for Four Seniors

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Wednesday night’s game ends the career of four Drury seniors, including Ian Carter.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Wednesday night’s game ends the career of four Drury seniors including Ian Carter.

The forward from Fort Smith, Arkansas set the pace Wednesday night early for the Panthers.

In his final game as a Panther, Carter gave it his all.

"He's been a good player for us,” says Drury Coach Steve Hesser. “I thought he did a nice job, especially in the first half, giving us an inside presence, and then he went and cleaned up the backboards."

Carter's season high is 17 points. He had 11 in the first half Wednesday night and finished with 15 points, along with 12 rebounds.

"Defense was worried more about Kameron Bundie,” says Carter. “So I mean, I kind of feed of them, get easy baskets.”

The Panther 4 did it on defense, too, tying a season-high with 4 blocks, and holding the Hilltoppers to 15 points under their season average.

"I thought we shot a couple that we might have rushed them a bit, and that's due to Drury's defense,” says West Liberty Coach Jim Cruthfield. “I thought in the second half our looks were a little bit cleaner."

And cleaner they were.

In the second half, West Liberty shot over 43 percent from the three-point line. That, coupled with Drury turnovers, and foul trouble, led the Panthers to an 85-75 loss.

"I'm really proud of these guys,” says Hesser. “Obviously no one expected them to be here."

"To be a Panther means a lot to me,” says Carter. “I came in as a freshman at 17 years old. Coach Hesser, all the coaches and all my teammates, it's been a pleasure playing with them. They taught me a lot, taught how to go from being a boy to being a man."

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