Petrels Claim Home Opener, Top Millikin
The men's basketball team topped Millikin University to win their home opener on Pinholster Court on Friday night, 68-42. The Petrels nailed 5 of their first 6 three-point attempts of the contest, and 13 treys overall, en route to the blowout win over the Big Blue out of Decatur, Illinois.
Not only did the Petrels drain 5 of their first 6 from long range, each one of them came from a different member of the squad. Junior Alec Pitts got the three-party started just 15 seconds in to give the Petrels a 3-0 lead. Branden Jovaag followed with a bomb of his own and then Sam Purdy followed with another to make the score 9-2. Moments later Tyler Cerone stepped in to his first of five made shots from downtown and the barrage concluded when sophomore Tyler Courson stroked one at the 10:35 mark to make the score 19-13.
Oglethorpe would extend the lead to 33-25 heading into the break before really blowing the lid off in the second stanza. The Petrels began the half on a 7-0 spurt to extend the lead to 15 where they held the Big Blue until the midway point of the half. The advantage was 48-35 with 10 minutes left before Oglethorpe rattled off 15 straight points to put the game away. The 15-0 spurt included an old fashioned three-point play from freshman Alex Davis, back-to-back three's from the wing from Pitts and ended with Cerone draining yet another from downtown. When the dust had settled, Oglethorpe owned a commanding 63-35 advantage.
In all the Petrels were 13-of-28 (46%) from downtown while the Big Blue shot a woeful 2-of-21 (9%) from beyond the arc. Only 10 of Oglethorpe's made field goal attempts were non-three's, and the Petrels also owned a 37-30 advantage in the rebounding category.
Cerone made all six of his attempts from the field on his way to a game-high 18 points. Pitts added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Davis tallied 11 in his Pinholster Court debut.
The Petrels are now 1-1 on the season and will face TRose-Hulman tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.