JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 22, 2016) – A layup by Quinn Atkinson with four seconds remaining lifted Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Millsaps to a 70-69 victory over the Sewanee men's basketball team, Friday, inside the Hangar Dome.
After two Brody Stone free throws pushed Sewanee in front by one with 25 seconds left, Marc Robertson missed a three for Millsaps with 11 seconds to go. After Millsaps kept the ball with an offensive rebound, Atkinson hit the game-winner. Sewanee had one last desperation attempt by Clay Born with four seconds left that missed.
The loss snapped the Tigers' six-game winning streak and handed Sewanee its first SAA loss this season. Sewanee is now 11-5 overall and 4-1 in SAA action. Birmingham-Southern now leads the league with a 5-0 record after defeating Centre by one point on Friday. The Tigers and Panthers are scheduled to play Sunday at 3:00 p.m., in Birmingham, Ala.
Overall, the game was close throughout. Neither team led by more than nine points. Additionally, there were nine lead changes and five ties.
With the scored tied 35-35 early in the second half, Stone pushed Sewanee ahead with 17:56 to play. Minutes later, freshman Cody Jones hit a three to spark a quick 8-2 run by the Tigers. Millsaps answered right back with five straight points.
Sewanee stretched its lead to nine, 62-53, with 5:12 left when Jones hit another three. However, Millsaps chipped away at its deficit down the stretch. A layup by Logan Mancuso opened a 10-0 run with 2:26 to play. In fact, the Majors capped off the run when Robertson set up Stone's free throws with 25 seconds left with a three.
Overall, Sewanee shot the ball well with a 41.7 shooting percentage. Sewanee was just as good outside the three-point arc as they were overall. The Tigers finished 14-of-34 from outside the three-point line.
Millsaps was also efficient from the field. The Majors made 51.9 percent of their shots. That was despite making only 31.3 percent of their three-point attempts.
Individually, Jones led Sewanee with a career-high 26 points. Stone also played well with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Robertson and Brennan Gagen led Millsaps with 17 points each.