Second Half Rally Not Enough for Men’s Basketball Against Stormy Petrels

Second Half Rally Not Enough for Men’s Basketball Against Stormy Petrels

ATLANTA - A 12-point deficit was not enough to overcome Sunday afternoon for Sewanee men's basketball, as the Tigers suffered a 67-60 setback to the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe at the Dorough Field House.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Oglethorpe (8-8, 2-3) 67, Sewanee (13-3, 2-3) 60
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Oglethorpe came out scoring in the first half, draining 14-of-25 (56 percent) shots from the field, and the team made it an 11-point game, 21-10, with 7:30 left in the period.

-The Petrels made it a 16-point lead, the biggest lead of the game, thanks to a triple from Carlos Sone and a layup by Will Perry.

-With five minutes left in the period, Sewanee finished the half strong, as the visitors cut the deficit to 12 points, 35-23, at the break.

-The Tigers, for the second straight game, came out firing on all cylinders. The Purple and Gold went a 12-2 run to start the period, with all the points coming off of 3-pointers by Luke Smith. Sewanee trailed 37-35 with 16 minutes left.

-Oglethorpe made it a double-digit affair again, 64-52 with six minutes to go thanks to back-to-back layups by Tom Inungu.

-With a little over two minutes to go, the Tigers, trailing by nine points, 64-55, went on a huge run, thanks to some help from the home team. After a triple by Smith cut the deficit to nine, Will Koch turned the ball over on OU's next possession. Koch was next issued a technical foul after the play was dead.

-Smith drained both free throws, and on the next possession, Smith drained a second triple for a five-point possession. Sewanee trailed 64-60 with less than two minutes to go.

-That field goal would be the last one for Sewanee in the game, as the Petrels scored the final three points to secure the win.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-After dropping 27 points for the fourth time in 2019 on Friday night, Luke Smith surpassed his career-best with a 31-point performance Sunday. The sophomore went 9-of-18 from the field, 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and he drained 7-of-8 free throws.

-In the second half, the reigning SAA Newcomer of the Year, after missing all three 3-point attempts in the first half, went 6-of-7 in the second half.

-Hunter Buescher recorded eight points and six assists, while Jordan Warlick scored eight and corralled five boards.

OGLETHORPE KEY STATISTICS
-Tom Inugu went 8-of-10 from the field and finished with 19 points.

-Will Perry posted 15 points and 10 boards.

UP NEXT
The Tigers will remain on the road for the third weekend in conference play next week. Sewanee will travel to Birmingham-Southern Friday night.

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