SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 18, 2017) – A combined 52 points from the Sewanee men's basketball team's senior class led the Tigers to a 77-73 win over rival Centre, Saturday, inside Juhan Gymnasium.
The Tigers enter next weekend's Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament with a 13-11 overall record. Sewanee will enter the field as the No. 4 seed. The Tigers will take No. 5 Hendrix. Rhodes will host the tournament after winning the regular-season crown.
On Saturday, it was all Sewanee early. The Tigers built their largest lead, 14 points, right before halftime. After Sewanee made 53.6 percent of its shots in the opening half, it looked like the Tigers may pull away for the Colonels the final 20 minutes. Instead, Centre clawed its way back into the game over the first three minutes of the second half. A layup by Matt Gump sparked a 15-2 run for the Colonels.
Suddenly ahead by only one, 44-43, Sewanee finally slowed the Centre rally with a three by Clay Born.
From there, the score remained close. With the scored tied at 61-61 with 3:47 to play, sophomore Cam Caldwell finished a huge dunk that pushed the Tigers back in front. Sewanee then got a key three by Jorden Williams with 48 seconds remaining which pushed the purple and gold's lead to four, 71-67.
On the ensuing Centre possession, Williams stripped Perry Ayers and recovered the steal. From there, Sewanee hit 6-of-8 free throws with less than 40 seconds to play. That included three shots from the line from Williams and Brody Stone.
Overall, Williams led the Tigers with 23 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Born finished with 14 points and five rebounds while Stone added 11 points and nine boards. The other Tiger in double figures was freshman Adrian Thomas, who added 12 points.
Ayers led Centre with 17 points.