GREENVILLE, Ill. -- The men's basketball team returned to the win column on Tuesday night in H.J. Long Gymnasium when they dominated Principia in a 139-113 win.
Greenville jumped ahead early, collecting a 12 point lead in the first five minutes of the game when a steal and layup by Josias Parker gave Greenville a 22-10 advantage.
Principia managed to make it a five-point game later in the first half, but Greenville went to halftime leading by a 69-59 score.
The Panthers increased the intensity in the opening moments of the second half, quickly pushing the score to 82-61 in the first two and a half minutes.
The margin between the teams eventually reached 28 points before GU settled for the 26 point victory.
The Panthers featured eight players who recorded double-digit scoring efforts.
Marvin Bateman led the pack of scorers with a 20 point game. He made 7-of-12 shots, including a mark of 6-of-10 behind the three-point line.
Johari Dix had a complete game with 18 points and team-highs in assists (9), steals (7), and rebounds (7).
Barry Nixon was active under the basket with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Panthers (11-6, 8-2 SLIAC) go to Blackburn on Saturday for a game at 3 p.m.