Men's Basketball Can't Overcome Hot Shooting from Sewanee, Falls 84-70

Men's Basketball Can't Overcome Hot Shooting from Sewanee, Falls 84-70

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team shot the ball well Sunday afternoon at Dorough Field House, converting on 50 percent of their field-goal attempts and 47 percent of their 3-point attempts. However, it wasn't enough against a Sewanee team that converted on 59 percent of their total shots and featured guard Jorden Williams, who sank 7 of 12 three-point attempts and finished with 35 points en route to an 84-70 victory over the Stormy Petrels. The loss dropped the home team to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in SAA play.

Junior guard Chris Lawrence led the team with 16 points on 5-of-10 from the field, 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, while sophomore center Tom Inungu scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting and senior guard Mike Turner added 11 on 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from long distance. 

As a team, the Petrels outrebounded the Tigers 27-25, outscoring them 21-18 off turnovers and 17-15 off the bench. It just wasn't enough to overcome the hot shooting performance from Sewanee. The visitors made 59 percent of their field goals, including 62 percent in the second half. They also sank 50 percent of their 3-point attempts, including 60 percent in the second half. 

The teams went back and forth through the game's opening seven minutes. The score was tied 14-14 with 13 minutes to go in the first half. The Petrels scored five straight points after that, building a 19-14 lead that turned out to be their largest of the game with 11:17 until the break. Sewanee responded with a big run, though, outscoring Oglethorpe 24-10 over the next 10 minutes and pushing out to a 38-29 lead. They enjoyed a 38-31 lead at the break.

The second half began with Oglethorpe cutting the Sewanee lead to five points on two separate occasions, but the visitors responded with an 11-4 run, giving themselves a 52-40 advantage with 13:23 to go. Oglethorpe came back and cut the lead to six, but the Tigers went on another run and took complete control of the game. They scored 13 consecutive points to push their advantage to a game-high 19 points, 67-48, with 8:21 remaining.

From there, the Petrels went on a 17-8 run and worked their way back into the contest, making it 75-65 with 3:23 remaining. They had a chance to cut it to seven with 2:48 left, but missed the 3-pointer that would have done the job. Sewanee responded by scoring five straight points, putting the game away.

"We just couldn't get stops today," said Oglethorpe head coach Philip Ponder. "We tried five different defenses, but none of them seemed to work. When you shoot 50 percent from the field and outrebound your opponent, you should have a good chance to win the game, but Jorden Williams was just too much for us to handle. Having said that, we could've withstood their 3-point barrage, but we also gave up way too many layups. We have to get better on defense if we want to give ourselves chances to win in the coming weeks."

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Petrels, as they hit the road next weekend to take on Birmingham-Southern Friday in Birmingham, Alabama, and Millsaps Sunday in Jackson, Mississippi. Those game will tip off at 9 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

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