January 18, 2013

Men's Basketball Stymied at Centre

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team has not won at Centre in 12 years, and they'll have to wait at least one more to break that streak. Centre got ahead early and didn't relinquish the lead, winding up with a 67-57 win in Danville, Ky., Friday night.

The Petrels held a 7-4 lead with 17:31 remaining in the first half. However, Centre went on a 17-2 run over the next four minutes, quickly taking a 12-point lead midway through the first half. The Petrels countered with a 21-12 run of their own, though, and managed to cut the Centre lead to just two, 32-30, just before halftime. The Colonels would take a 34-30 lead into the locker room.

Centre would go on another huge run to start the second half, though, and the Petrels were unable to recover from this one. The Colonels outscored Oglethorpe 18-3 over the first 9:15 of the half. At the end of the run, they had their biggest lead of the game, 52-33.

Oglethorpe did run off an 11-2 stretch, cutting the Centre lead to 10 points with eight minutes to go. However, the most they managed to shrink the margin was to eight points, and that was with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

The Petrels actually outshot the Colonels in the first half, shooting 50 percent to Centre's 43 percent. However, the second half was a different story, as Centre outshot Oglethorpe, 53-29. Centre also shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the second half. The Colonels dominated Oglethorpe on the boards, outrebounding the Stormy Petrels 41-28.

Sophomore center Jordan Kinney continued his excellent work of late, tallying a double-double on the night. He scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, in addition to grabbing 12 boards. Senior guard Christian Molinet also showed well, as usual, scoring 12 points, coming up with seven steals, and passing out three assists.

The loss drops the Petrels to 11-5 on the season, 3-2 in SAA play. The two teams were tied for third place in the league coming into the game, so Centre now takes sole possession of third while Oglethorpe drops to fourth.

The Oglethorpe men's team will next be in action Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Tennessee to take on Sewanee, who is currently tied for fifth place, two games behind the Petrels. The game will tip off at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern time, 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.

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