Wednesday, December 24, 2014

No. 13 Centre College Wins Oglethorpe Classic

(13) Centre College 70
MacMurray 48

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team pulled away for a 70-48 victory over MacMurray in the Oglethorpe Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.

Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) scored 22 points to lead the way for the Colonels, who trailed just briefly twice in the first half. Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) and Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) each added 11 points for Centre with Gump contributing a game-high eight assists. James Williams topped MacMurray with 13 points.

Karsner was selected as Co-MVP for the tournament, along with Oglethorpe's Alex Davis. Scinta was named to the all-tournament team as well.

The game was close for much of the first half, with MacMurray taking its final lead when a 3-pointer from Williams put the Highlanders up 21-19 with 5:46 to play in the first half. Centre took control from there, scoring the next six points and leading the rest of the way.

Leading 28-26 at the 3:00 mark, the Colonels were able to pull away during a stretch in which they scored the last eight points of the first half and the first five points of the second half. Combined, Centre held MacMurray scoreless for four minutes and went on a 13-0 run that made the score 41-26. The Colonels went on to build that lead the rest of the way, eventually going up by as many as 23 points after a late 10-2 run.

Centre shot 47 percent (21-of-45) from the field and 45 percent (9-of-20) from outside while holding MacMurray to just 33 percent (19-of-58) overall and 16 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range. The Colonels held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.

Centre stays perfect on the year at 8-0 while MacMurray drops to 1-8 with the loss. After a week off, the Colonels will travel to Washington & Lee for a tournament that begins on Dec. 29. Centre will face Johns Hopkins in its first game, followed by a game with either Washington & Lee or Elmira the following day.

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