Oglethorpe hangs on in a physical game against Sewanee

Oglethorpe hangs on in a physical game against Sewanee

SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 9, 2014) – In a game that featured 17 lead changes and 12 ties, the Sewanee men's basketball team dropped a 78-66 contest against Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Oglethorpe, Sunday, inside Juhan Gymnasium. 

After OU jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead, Sewanee battled back. The Tigers scored the next five points, which evened the score with less than four minutes off the clock. 

For the remainder of the half, the score stayed close. Sewanee took its largest lead, 17-12, after a pair of free throws from Jorden Williams.

From there, neither team would lead by more than three points until Keshonn Carter capped off a three-point play with 13:56 left in the second half.

Sewanee continued to lead by that same margin when Carter capped off another old fashion three-point play with 11:05 left.

After a three by Victor Rholfs, freshman Jorden Williams answered back with a three of his own on the ensuing possession.

That kept Sewanee's advantage at five, 62-57, with 9:58 to play.

Unfortunately, that was when the Tigers' momentum started to shift over to Oglethorpe. A pair of Tyler Courson free throws sparked a 9-0 run by the Stormy Petrels over the next four minutes.

After a layup by Carter with 5:25 remaining, OU responded with a 12-0 run that helped seal the victory down the stretch.

Overall, Sewanee shot the ball well. The Tigers finished with a 45.1 field goal percentage, which included a 6-of-15 effort from behind the three-point line.

Unfortunately, Oglethorpe was also strong offensively. The Stormy Petrels made 56.2 percent of their attempts, which included a 50.0 percent mark from outside.

Individually, Carter led Sewanee with 23 points and eight rebounds. That tied his career-high, which was set earlier this season at LaGrange.

Williams, who added 21 points, joined the second-year forward in double figures on 6-of-13 shooting.

Courson led four Oglethorpe players in double digits with a team-high 21 points and eight rebounds. 

After a tough week, Sewanee will look to bounce back with an 8:00 p.m. contest at Millsaps, Friday. 

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