MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2014) – In almost every statistical category, the Sewanee men's basketball team and Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Rhodes played evenly. Unfortunately, in the one stat that matter most, the Lynx outlasted the Tigers by a final score of 55-52, Friday, inside Mallory Gymnasium.
Overall, the close contest featured nine ties and eight lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven points, while both squads stayed within four points of each other the majority of the second half.
Early on, Rhodes led briefly before a jumper by sophomore Keshonn Carter started a Sewanee scoring run. From the 14:46 mark in the first half, the Tigers scored the next nine points to lead by two, 16-14, with 6:43 left.
From there, the Lynx closed the half on an 11-5 spurt.
After Rhodes opened the second half with three straight points, Sewanee answered back. Back-to-back threes by sophomores Leo Born and Seth Brown pulled the Tigers to within one, 28-27, with 18:10 remaining.
From there, both teams continued to trade scores over the next seven minutes. The Tigers took their first lead of the second half when freshman Jorden Williams hit a jumper with less than 11 minutes left to play.
The back-and-forth nail-biter continued down the stretch. With Sewanee leading by five, 42-37, with 6:56 left, Rhodes responded with a 10-3 run.
After Born's layup pushed Sewanee briefly back in front, Rhodes answered with five straight points.
A three by Williams then tied the game again, 50-50, with 1:36 to go.
Unfortunately, Rhodes took advantage of three opportunities at the free throw line in the final minute. Before and after a jumper by Marcellus Caldwell, the Lynx made three shots from the charity stripe to lead by three, 55-52, with eight seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Brown's three just missed which sealed the victory for the Lynx.
Overall, Sewanee made 44.4 percent of its attempts. Despite this effort, the biggest difference in the game came at the free throw line. Rhodes outscored the Tigers by 18 after the Lynx attempted 20 more free throws.
Individually, Brown finished with a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Williams also finished in double figures with 15 points while Born added eight.
Drew Miller led Rhodes with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Sewanee will look to rebound with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Hendrix, Sunday.
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