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.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Rhodes (9-8, 3-3) 124, Sewanee (8-8, 4-2) 104
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-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.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-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.
-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.
RHODES KEY STATISTICS
-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.