In desperate need of a win, the men's hoops team got one on Saturday night by dominating Southwestern on the road by the final score of 77-55. A hot shooting Petrel squad drilled 17 three pointers on the night to easily dispatch the Pirates and pick up their first road victory in league play.
The Pirates scored the first bucket of the game but the 2-0 advantage would be their only lead of the night. That's because Oglethorpe got the three party started on the ensuing possession with Sam Purdy drilling the first of his six treys to give the Petrels a lead they would never relinquish.
Up 15-7 with 12:48 to play in the half, Oglethorpe went on a blistering stretch over the next two minutes that typified the Petrels big night. Branden Jovaag started the spurt with back-to-back three-pointers. After the Pirates squandered 4 offensive rebounds and failed to score, Purdy drilled yet another three, forcing a futile timeout from the home team. The Petrels clamped down defensively on the next possession to get a stop and then punctuated their dominance with their fourth three-ball in just over 100 seconds, this one from Tyler Cerone. When the dust had settled Oglethorpe owned a commanding 27-10 with 10:00 minutes left in the first half.
The Petrels eventually extended their lead out to 22 points as Southwestern never mustered a second half threat. Oglethorpe was 25-of-52 (48%) from the field, 17-of-35 (49%) from downtown and 10-of-12 (83%) at the charity stripe. The Petrels assisted on 18 of those 25 makes, forced 25 Pirate turnovers and collected a staggering 19 steals on the night. Christian Molinet and Jovaag combined for 11 steals between the two backcourt mates.
Purdy was 6-of-8 from the field, all three's, to lead four Petrels in double-figures 18 points. Jovaag netted 14, Molinet 12 and Andrew Steioff 11. The school record for made three's in a game is 21 and came against Carver Bible back in 2004.
The Petrels (7-9, 2-5) return home to face Dallas this Friday night at 8:00 p.m. on Pinholster Court. The team will be reprising the popular Tie-Dye Night theme on Friday so come out and pack Dorough Field House.