LEXINGTON, Va. -- John Brown scored 21 points as High Point rallied past Virginia Military Institute 78-67 Tuesday night to win its seventh straight game and claim sole possession of its first Big South Conference North Division title.
The Panthers (16-10, 11-3), who swept the season series for the first time since 2007-08, trailed 24-11 at the 4:44 mark. A 40-14 run spanning both halves catapulted High Point ahead, with the Panthers shooting 69.2 percent (18 of 26) in the second half.
After the Keydets clawed back to 66-60 with 3:36 left, High Point answered with a 10-2 run to put the game away.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.