Men’s Basketball Plays Strong in Final Minutes to Squash Stormy Petrels' Comeback Bid

Men’s Basketball Plays Strong in Final Minutes to Squash Stormy Petrels' Comeback Bid

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team survived a second half threat by Oglethorpe, as the Tigers defeated the Stormy Petrels, 60-57, Sunday afternoon inside Juhan Gymnasium.

Final Score: Sewanee (18-6, 7-6) 60, Oglethorpe (13-11, 7-6) 57
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-Through the first nine minutes of play, the two teams played a closely-knit contest. Leading 12-9 with 10:30 to go, Sewanee's Ryan Starr drained two triples to push the lead to nine, 18-9.

-Sewanee extended the lead to double digits with a 7-0 run. Sewanee made it an 11-point affair, 25-14 with 4:40 left in the opening half.

-The Petrels responded with a 16-5 run the rest of the half to cut the deficit to four points, 30-26, at the intermission.

-OU started the second half on a 9-2 run to take its first lead in the second half, 35-32, with 15 minutes left in regulation.

-The teams went back-and-forth from there, but with less than three minutes remaining and trailing by one, Sewanee went on a 7-3 run to finish the contest.

-The Tigers reclaimed the lead on a Cam Caldwell dunk and padded the lead with a Jordan Warlick trey.

-Luke Smith dropped 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Tigers.

-Matt Lee blocked three shots to go with six points and four boards.

-Will Koch led the Petrels with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds.

Sewanee wraps up the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday. The Tigers will face the Colonels of Centre College Saturday at 3 p.m., following the women's game.

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