MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Sewanee men's basketball team was unable to hold a 15-point halftime lead thanks to a 24-3 run by the Hawks of Huntingdon College in the first nine-plus minutes of the second half, as the Hawks hold off the Tigers, 64-59, Saturday afternoon from Roland Arena.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Huntingdon (5-1), 64, Sewanee (4-4) 59
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Sewanee used a strong first half, shooting 13-of-26 from the floor in the opening half.
-Huntingdon tried to make it interesting with about eight minutes left in the first half. After a layup to make it 17-14 in favor of the good guys, the Tigers went on an 11-2 run in about a three-plus minute span to push the lead to 14, 30-16.
-After a 10-of-33 performance (30 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes, Huntingdon made the halftime adjustments. The Hawks held the Tigers to three points and one field goal in the first 9:12 of the period, going on a 24-3 run to go from a 15-point deficit at halftime to an eight point lead.
-The Tigers began chipping away at the deficit and eventually tied the contest at 54 points apiece with 5:45 left in regulation.
-The Purple and Gold traded baskets with the home team from there, but Michael Barry drained a 3-pointer to give the Tigers the lead, 59-56, with four minutes left to play.
-However, Huntingdon went on an 8-0 run the rest of the way and allowed eight field goal attempts from Sewanee.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Adrian Thomas nearly missed a double-double, scoring 20 points and collected nine boards.
-Luke Smith scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and assisted on five shots.
HUNTINGDON KEY STATISTICS
-Brandon McLean scored 19 points and recorded 12 rebounds for the Hawks in the win.
-Isaiah King scored 12 points off the bench.
The Tigers return to the hardwood on Dec. 29 with a road contest at MacMurray. Sewanee will return home on Jan. 6 to resume Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play with Millsaps.