The Oglethorpe men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday afternoon in Sewanee, Tenn., with a 78-66 road victory over Sewanee. The win improves the Stormy Petrels to 17-4 overall and 7-3 in SAA play, and moves them into second place by themselves in the league.
The contest was close throughout the first half and Sewanee actually built a 6-point lead in the second, but the Petrels went on a 27-7 run late to take the lead back and pull away for the victory. The Petrels shot a whopping 67 percent in the second half, including 75 percent (6-of-8) from 3-point range. As well, they shot 91 percent from the free-throw line and held Sewanee to 41 percent from the field for the half. Senior guard Tyler Courson scored 17 points on 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the half and freshman guard Connor Smith added 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting, 2-of-3 three-point shooting, and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
For the game, Courson finished with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He finished 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, and recorded eight rebounds, two steals and two assists. Sophomore forward Victor Rohlfs scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, 5-of-7 three-point shooting, and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. Smith finished with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added two steals, as well. Junior guard Alex Davis scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added a pair of assists.
In the first half, the two teams traded baskets for the majority of the period. Oglethorpe got off to a 6-2 lead, but the home-standing Tigers came back and had as much as a 5-point lead at one point. The Petrels led by two, 38-36, at the halftime break.
To start the second half, a 9-0 run from the Tigers put them in control of the game, up 49-43 with 13:56 left. Sewanee still led by six points, 57-51, with 11:05 left, but then the Petrels started their decisive 27-7 spurt. The run lasted almost 11 minutes and featured two separate periods of over four minutes where the Petrels held the Tigers scoreless.
For the game, the Petrels shot 56 percent and held Sewanee to just 45 percent shooting. The Petrels also shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range, outpacing the Tigers, who shot a decent 40 percent from beyond the arc. For the game, Oglethorpe made 79 percent of their free throws. They recorded nine assists against six turnovers while Sewanee managed just three assists against 10 turnovers.
Coupled with Rhodes' victory over Birmingham-Southern Sunday afternoon, Oglethorpe's win over Sewanee moves them into second place in the SAA by themselves, three games behind first-place Centre with four games remaining. They'll now return home to Dorough Field House for the final home weekend of the regular season. They take on Hendrix in the homecoming game Friday night at 8 p.m. This will also serve as Senior Night and the program will thank Courson and senior guard Aaron Del Rosario for their contributions. They then welcome Rhodes into Dorough for the final home game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.