Lynx Pull Away Late in Second Half as Tigers Fall in Shootout

Lynx Pull Away Late in Second Half as Tigers Fall in Shootout

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team found their niche against Rhodes on Friday night, transition points against a fast-paced club. However, the full court pressure of Rhodes got to the visitors late, as the Lynx down the Tigers, 124-104.

Final Score: Rhodes (9-8, 3-3) 124, Sewanee (8-8, 4-2) 104
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-The shootout was on against the third-highest scoring team in all of NCAA Division III from the start. The teams played seesaw in the first half, but it was Rhodes who pushed a 7-2 run in the final 1:12 of the first half to lead 56-48 after 20 minutes of play.

-Sewanee may have made less field goals than Rhodes (21-19) in the first half, but the Purple and Gold clipped a 63.3 percent mark (19-of-30) from the floor in the first half.

-Sewanee came out strong in the second half, going on an 8-2 run in the first 2:07 of the second period to cut the deficit to two points, 58-56, and the back-and-forth battle continued.

-At the under-12 media timeout, Sewanee trailed 81-75; Rhodes took off on offense again to push their lead to double digits for the first time, going on a 10-5 run to put the lead to 91-80 in favor of the home team with nine and a half minutes to go.

-Sewanee attempted another run with 7:31 to go and trailing by 16 points, 100-84, but the Lynx held off the Tiger charge late and scored 124 for a team who averages 110.8 per game.

-Rhodes, for the majority of the contest, used full court pressure, and Sewanee was able to break the pressure for some transition opportunities, scoring 45 off the fast break.

-Adrian Thomas led all scorers with 17 points on 11-of-13 shooting. The sophomore added seven rebounds and three assists.

-Off the bench, Sean McDonough went 10-of-15 from the floor en route to a 26-point performance, a season-best for the freshman who added three dimes.

-Hunter Buescher added 22 points thanks to 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, while Luke Smith scored nine and collected five boards and dimes each.

-As a team, Sewanee went 34-of-57 (59.6 percent) from the field and 31-of-41 (75.6 percent) from the free throw line.

-Off the bench, Anesu Nyawata led the Lynx with 16 points, while Vaughn Samson added 15.

The five-game road swing concludes Sunday afternoon with a matchup with Hendrix. Tip is slated for 3 p.m. from Conway, Ark.

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