GAMES 5-6 PREVIEW: Covenant & Belhaven

GAMES 5-6 PREVIEW: Covenant & Belhaven

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team hits the road over Thanksgiving Break, taking on Covenant on Lookout Mountain before making the first of two trips to the Magnolia State, as they face Belhaven. 

THE BASICS
Game #5 | Sewanee (4-0) at Covenant (0-2) | Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT
Barnes Physical Education Center, Lookout Mountain, Ga.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series 29-16
Last win: Dec. 5, 2017 in Sewanee (92-86)

Game #6 | Sewanee at Belhaven (1-1) | Saturday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. 
Rugg Arena, Jackson, Miss.
All-Time Series: First Meeting

GAME NUMBER 1,900: Tuesday's game against Covenant will mark the 1,900th game in the program's history. Sewanee has won 829 games, as the team plays their 95th season of collegiate basketball.

BROTHERLY LOVE: For the second straight season, brothers Will and Jonny Crumly will faceoff against each other on the hardwood. Jonny is the older brother of the two. In last season's matchup, it was the little brother who came into Jonny's house and corralled four rebounds and two points in 16 minutes off the bench. Expect to see these two to go toe-to-toe from the opening tip in this year's matchup.

BASKETBALL RUNS IN THE FAMILY: When Jordan Warlick transferred to Sewanee during the offseason, not many knew that he would be coming closer to family, about two-plus hours away. His aunt, Holly, enters her seventh season as head coach of the Lady Vols of Tennessee and her 34th overall. She has participated on 19 Final Four teams (three as a student, 16 as a coach), winning eight National Championships (all as a coach).

A LOOK AT THE SCOTS: Covenant has played two close matchups to start the 2018 season, with losses against Birmingham-Southern (in overtime) and Centre. Despite the losses, the Scots held in check with the two opponents, falling by five to the Panthers and three to the Colonels.

Will Crumly is the leading scorer for the Scots. The three-time USA South Rookie of the Week in 2018 has averaged 122.5 points per game and 10 rebounds while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor. Bailey Spragg has scored 21.5 points per game for the Scots.

This is the 42nd meeting all-time between the two schools, with Sewanee leading the series, 29-12. In the last eight meetings, the Tigers have won six of the last eight.

Sewanee won last season's matchup on the Cumberland Plateau, rallying to win, 92-86, last Dec. 5. Luke Smith led all Sewanee scorers with 23 points.

A LOOK AT THE BLAZERS: Belhaven is in its fourth and final year of NCAA Division III reclassification from the NAIA. It has been a difficult transition for the Blazers, who currently have 12 wins since moving in 2015-16.

Playing in a very tough American Southwest Conference with Texas Dallas, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Louisiana College, Belhaven enters its matchup with Sewanee with a 1-1 record, falling to cross-street rival Millsaps before winning their home opener against Pensacola Christian.

Freshman Laramine Long has picked up the pace, averaging 15 points through his first two games, shooting 13-of-16 from the charity stripe.

This is the first meeting between the two schools. Sewanee holds an 81-71 record against schools from Mississippi.

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