Tigers Earn Third Straight Win with Five in Double Figures

Tigers Earn Third Straight Win with Five in Double Figures

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee men's basketball saw five of its players reach double figures, as the Tigers defeat Covenant, 92-86, Tuesday evening inside Juhan Gymnasium.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (4-3) 92, Covenant (3-2) 86
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The teams traded points and the lead back and forth for the majority of the first half, but the final 3:46 of the opening period belonged to the Purple and Gold. The Tigers, trailing 31-28 at this point, went on a 15-1 run to push the lead to 11, 43-32, headed into the locker room.

-Covenant rallied to cut the deficit to one point in the first 10 minutes of the second half, 63-62, but the Tigers did not relinquish the lead back to the visitors.

-Three-point shooting was a key factor in the contest, as each team made 10 shots from downtown.

-Sewanee made less shots than Covenant, 34-31, but the Tigers had a 56.4 shooting percentage (31-of-55), the highest this season.

-The Tigers also made shots where it counts the most: at the free throw line, making 20-of-25 shots.

STRANGE, BUT TRUE FACTS
-In tonight's contest, we had a pair of brothers faced off with each other: the Crumly brothers of Jonny (Sewanee) and Will (Covenant).

Head coach Mick Hedgepeth on the uniqueness of Jonny Crumly and his brother facing off against each other:
The game saw a sibling rivalry like no other tonight. The Crumlys played against each other for the first time in their careers.

QUOTABLE
Head coach Mick Hedgepeth
Although we did not have the start we wanted, I am proud of the resiliency our team showed tonight against a really talented Covenant team. We maintained a balanced attack offensively with five guys scoring in double figures and made some huge plays down the stretch.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Luke Smith scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. The freshman, who shot 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown, also earned five assists.

-Adrian Thomas and Cam Caldwell each scored 17 points and collected six rebounds. Thomas adds three assists and two steals to his line.

-Off the bench, Michael Barry made all four of his shots from the field and scored 15 points, a career-best for the sophomore.

-Hunter Buescher posted 13 points and four assists for the Tigers in the win.

COVENANT KEY STATISTICS
-Berto Dryden scored a game-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Leading the pace for the Scots in the second half, Dryden dropped 25 of his points in 19 second half minutes.

-Patjo Twagirayezu scored 15 points and collected 10 boards for the visitors.

UP NEXT
The Tigers will wrap up the pre-final exam schedule with a road trip to Montgomery, Ala. to face Huntingdon. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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