Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sewanee Defeats Centre College in SAA Semifinals

Sewanee 68
Centre 62

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by CC:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( – The Centre men's basketball team dropped a 68-62 decision to Sewanee in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Semifinals on Saturday night at Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Colonels saw their six-game winning streak snap, moving to 18-9. The Tigers boosted their record to 20-7 and move onto the SAA title game to take on top-seeded Birmingham Southern on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 5-3 early on, freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give Centre a 6-5 lead over Sewanee just under two minutes into the game.

However, the Tigers' Clay Born connected on a 3-pointer on their next possession to give Sewanee the lead for good.

Born's shot from behind the arc sparked a 15-4 run which gave the Tigers their largest lead of the first half of 10 points at 20-10 with 9:42 showing on the clock.

The Colonels would cut that lead to six points at 35-29 at the break.

In the second half, Sewanee built its advantage to as many as 12 points on two occasions, the last coming with 4:27 remaining in the contest.

Centre responded with a 10-3 run keyed by 3-pointers by freshman guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and Sine to shrink the Tigers' lead to five points at 63-58 with 49 seconds to play.

Freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) capped the surge with a pair of made free throws.

Sewanee's Brody Stone would make one of two free throws on the other end to give the Tigers a 64-58 lead, before Sine connected on two shots from the charity stripe to minimize the Sewanee advantage to just four points at 64-60 with 32 ticks remaining.

Unfortunately for the Colonels, the Tigers were a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line from that point on, sealing the victory and earning a berth in tomorrow afternoon's SAA title game.

Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) scored a game-high 19 points for the Colonels on 8-of-16 shooting, including 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc. He made 2-of-2 free throws and grabbed six rebounds for Centre.

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