Men's Basketball Trounces Johnson U. in Season Opener

Men's Basketball Trounces Johnson U. in Season Opener

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team opened its season in fine fashion Saturday afternoon, defeating Johnson University, 89-58, in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Petrels led just 30-26 at halftime, and the home-standing Preachers scored the first basket of the second half, cutting the Oglethorpe lead to 30-28. However, from that point forward, the Petrels really turned it on, outscoring Johnson 59-30 the rest of the way for the comfortable 31-point win.

Senior guard Christian Molinet filled up the stat sheet this afternoon. He scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and added seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Senior guard Branden Jovaag finished as the Petrels' leading scorer with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Sophomore guard Alex Davis, junior guard Tyler Courson and sophomore center Jordan Kinney finished with eight points apiece.

The 1-0 Petrels will next be in action Tuesday night, when they travel to Demorest, Ga., to take on Piedmont. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m.