Petrels Claim Home Opener, Top Millikin

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.