The Oglethorpe men's basketball team outlasted the home-standing Hendrix Warriors for a much-needed road win Friday night, 63-60, in Conway, Ark.
The Petrels ran out to a nine-point lead early in the game, 24-15 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, only to give it all back and then some before the end of the half. Hendrix went on a 16-2 run towards the end of the half and took a five-point lead, 34-29, with 17 seconds remaining in the half. The Warriors led 34-31 at the break.
The second half was a tense battle. Oglethorpe briefly took the lead a couple times early in the second half, but Hendrix took the lead back and held it for a large portion of the second half. They built their lead back up to five again, 48-43, with 10:36 remaining in the game. Hendrix still led by five, 50-45, with 8:30 to go when Oglethorpe began their run.
The Petrels turned the game on its head with a 14-4 run. Suddenly, it was Oglethorpe that led by five points with five minutes to go, 59-54.
Hendrix whittled the lead back down to one, but with two minutes remaining, senior guard Christian Molinet scored on a layup to give the Petrels a 63-60 lead. Those would be the final points scored in the game. Down the stretch, Hendrix had a couple chances to even the game up, but never could do it. Oglethorpe held on for the three-point victory.
The back-and-forth game featured nine lead changes. The Petrels outshot the Warriors pretty significantly, 46 percent to 35. In addition, Oglethorpe made 90 percent of their free throws.
The Petrels saw four players score in double figures. Sophomore center Jordan Kinney led the way with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Junior guard Tyler Courson had another fine game off the bench, scoring 13 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 free-throw shooting. Senior guard Branden Jovaag scored 11 points of his own, while senior guard Christian Molinet scored 10 points on 5-of-8 from the floor.
The win improves the Petrels to 15-7 on the season, 7-4 in SAA play. The victory maintains the team's position in fourth place in the league, but they're only a game out of third and two games out of first with three to play. As it turns out, the Petrels travel to face Rhodes, one of the two first-place teams, Sunday afternoon. Tip-off in Memphis is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern time.