February 3, 2012

Lynx Stun Petrels Late

The men's basketball team lost a heartbreaker on Friday night as Rhodes College topped the Petrels in the final seconds in Memphis. With the score knotted at 62 apiece, Lynx guard John Dunavant nailed a three-pointer with 4 seconds left to lift Rhodes to a 65-62 win.

The two sides staged a thrilling college hoops game that was close throughout the night. The Lynx briefly held a 9 point late in the first half but Oglethorpe closed the stanza on a 12-6 spurt to tighten things up at 41-38 and set the stage for a wild second half. The Petrels had to wonder how they were even trailing at the break after making 12-of-20 (60%) shots, including 7-of-11 (64%) from distance while also earning 12 trips to the charity stripe. Rhodes countered though by garnering 9 more shot attempts and connecting on 55% of them.

The second half featured five lead changes and six ties as the teams wrested for control of the game. Each side cooled off from the field with Oglethorpe only making 28% and Rhodes just 38% as the pressure mounted down the stretch. Trailing 53-50 with 9:34 to play, the Petrels embarked on a 7-0 run that gave them their largest lead of the contest at 57-53 with 5:30 remaining. Alec Pitts started the spurt by converting two free throws and Andrew Steioff finished it off with a baseline jumper.

The Lynx ripped off six straight points of their own before Tyler Cerone hit a clutch three to tie the score at 60 with 3:32 left. Rhodes' Andrew Galow responded with two more of his game-high 17 points to nudge the Lynx back out in front and then neither squad scored for nearly 3 minutes as the game hung in the balance.

With only 33 seconds left, Pitts forced a steal and raced up court to tie to the game 62-62 with a layup. Rhodes called timeout with 18 ticks showing and then Galow dished to Dunavant for the back-breaking three with only 4 seconds showing to send the Petrels packing.

Pitts led the Petrels in scoring with 17 points but struggled from the field (4-of-15) in the process. He added 5 rebounds and six thefts to his totals while Steioff produced a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Molinet rounded out Oglethorpe's double-digit performers with 13 in the loss.

At 9-12 overall, the Petrels will look to notch a much needed win this Sunday when they face Millsaps in Jackson.

 

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