SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee men's basketball used a strong second half to defeat the Lions of Piedmont College, 60-37, Wednesday night inside Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (2-3) 60, Piedmont (0-2) 37
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-A slow start with only five combined points in the first 1:15, the Tigers went on a quick 6-0 run in about a minute to push the lead to 10-3 early in the first half.
-Piedmont rallied to get the contest within a point, 16-15, with 6:43 left in the opening period. The teams traded shots, and the Tigers only led by one possession, 23-20, at the break.
-The Tigers' offense came to life in the second half, as Sewanee outscored the visitors 14-4 in the first 10-plus minutes in the second half.
-Sewanee secured the win with a 15-5 run in the final 5:28 of the ballgame.
-After leading 23-20 at the half, the Tigers defense held Piedmont to 17 second half points, outscoring the Lions, 37-17.
Watch the interview from head coach Mick Hedgepeth on Wednesday night's win.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Cam Caldwell led the Tigers with 18 points thanks to a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three blocks.
-Hunter Buescher scored 11 points for the winners.
-Adrian Thomas recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points.
-As a team, the Tigers outrebounded the Lions, 51-29, and missed only four free throws, going 16-of-20.
-On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers held the opponents to 22.6 percent shooting from the field (14-of-62), 19 percent (6-of-31) in the second half.
PIEDMONT KEY STATISTICS
-Marquise Lanie led the Lions as the only person in double figures with 12 points.
-Elijah Alton recorded 10 boards.
Sewanee next prepares to open SAA action on Saturday afternoon, as Centre makes the trip from Danville, Ky. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m.