Monday, November 16, 2015

Scinta Reaches Milestone But Centre Loses Season-Opener

Maryville 70
Centre 62

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreAthletics.com) – Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) reached 1,000 career points in Centre's 2015-16 season opener against Maryville (Tenn.) on Sunday afternoon, but the visiting Scots used a 16-2 run late in the second half to secure a 70-62 victory over the Centre men's basketball team in its season opener on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

Sunday's game marks Centre's first non-conference home loss since the Colonels fell to Hanover on December 29, 2010.

Scinta finished with nine points to become the 20th player in Colonels basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point mark.

With the game knotted at 43 apiece with 12:14 to play, Centre went on an 8-2 run capped by a pair of Scinta free throws to gain a 51-45 lead over the Scots.

The Colonels held a 55-50 advantage over Maryville with 5:13 showing on the clock after a made jumper by senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.), before the Scots' 16-2 surge gave them a 66-57 lead with just over a minute to play in the game.

Junior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) scored four straight points to bring the Colonels within five points at 66-61 with 53 seconds to play, but Maryville was able to pull away for the eight-point win.

Gump scored a team-high 18 points on the day, connecting on 6-of-10 field goals, including 3-of-6 shots from behind the arc. He made 3-of-4 attempts from the charity stripe and added four rebounds and a pair of steals.

Freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) dropped in 14 points off the bench in his collegiate debut, sinking 4-of-7 shots from long range and 2-of-2 free throws to go along with four boards.

Scinta pulled down five boards, dished out two assists, tallied two steals and a block, while Wesley finished with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots.

Spencer Shoffner and Tyler Spicer each scored 17 points to lead all players, while Dante Hoppa added 11 markers for the Scots. Spicer also pulled down a game-high right rebounds.

The Colonels shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the floor including 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from behind the arc. Centre was 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line.

Maryville shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the charity stripe.

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