SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the 2018-19 season Friday night with a 91-78 victory over Johnson in the opener of the Lon Varnell Classic.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (3-0) 91, Johnson (2-5) 78
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Johnson tied the contest at 19 points apiece at the under-eight media timeout, but it was the Tigers that sprinted out to a lead that they would not relinquish. Sewanee went on a 17-9 run to close the opening half with a 36-28 lead.
-The Tigers came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Royals 29-10 at the under-12 media timeout.
-Despite an attempted rally by the visitors, who got the contest to an 11-point deficit late in the half, the Tigers prevailed to earn a 3-0 start.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Luke Smith led Sewanee scorers with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting with all of his made field goals from beyond the arc.
-Joey Knox made 6-of-8 from the field with 13 points in 19 bench minutes.
JOHNSON KEY STATISTICS
-Coby Jones led all scorers with 23 points and collected a double-double with 15 rebounds.
The Lon Varnell Classic will conclude Saturday, as Sewanee will face Brevard at 3 p.m. inside Juhan Gymnasium.