SEWANEE, Tenn. - A 25-4 run in the first 10:08 of the contest, along with a failed Centre comeback bid, gave the Sewanee men's basketball team the 70-63 win on Saturday afternoon from Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (3-3, 1-0) 70, Centre (2-4, 0-1) 63
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers got off on the right foot from the field, going 8-of-12 to start the game. Sewanee outscored Centre, 25-4, in the first 10-plus minutes of the contest.
-The Purple and Gold led 41-27 going into the locker room thanks to 16-of-28 shooting (57.1 percent) and 7-of-14 from downtown.
-The second half was a different story, as Centre cut the deficit to as low as five points, but the Tigers, despite being outscored 36-29 in the final half, prevailed for the first conference win of the 2017-18 season.
Head coach Mick Hedgepeth
We displayed great effort on both ends of the floor tonight against a perennial SAA contender. Numerous guys made big plays and shots for us to build an important early lead. Destpite not executing and valuing the basketball as well as we would have liked down the stretch, I am proud of our group and how hard we battled.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Cam Caldwell led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
-Hunter Buescher dropped 15 points for the Tigers in the win.
-Freshman Luke Smith scored 14 points, collected eight boards and assisted on four shots.
-Adrian Thomas scored 13 points and went a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
-As a team, Sewanee was 26-of-55 (47.3 percent) from the field.
CENTRE KEY STATISTICS
-Jarod Griffin scored 13 points, while Bailey Rakes posted 10 points for the visitors.
-After shooting 30 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, the Colonels made 15 of their 29 second half shots, good for 52 percent.
Sewanee will next step back outside of conference play, as they host Covenant here at Juhan Gymnasium to wrap up a three-game homestand. Tip is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m.