The Oglethorpe men's basketball team had their second road SAA victory of the weekend Sunday, this time clashing against Rhodes. The Petrels only led by three points entering halftime, but they would end the game with a 108-87 victory. The Petrels' starting lineup made the difference in the game, combining to score 83 points compared to only 17 combined points by the Lynx starting lineup. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 9-5 on the season and allowed them to remain undefeated (3-0) in SAA play.
The opening moments of the first half featured a few lead changes, but neither team gained any true control of the game. With 16:48 remaining in the first half and the Petrels losing 11-10, the Petrels would start their 12-2 run in order to regain the lead 22-13. The Petrels would do their best to hold on to their advantage, but after the Lynx were down 40-29 with 7:51 until halftime, they fought to come within two points; the Petrels now only leading 45-43 with 4:50 left in the first half. Both teams would go back and forth, but the Lynx were finally able to tie the game up at 50-50 with only 1:50 remaining before the end of the half. The Petrels would still finish the half with the lead 55-52.
The Petrels were led in scoring in the first half by freshman forward Will Koch, who shot 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe to combine for 13 points. Junior center Tom Inungu led his team with seven rebounds and also went 5-for-5 from the field to score 11 points. Junior forward Will Perry was all over the court, scoring 10 points, recording three rebounds, and dishing out three assists. As a team, the Petrels shot amazingly, ending the half shooting 67.7 percent from the field. Conversely, the Petrels turned the ball over 17 times and allowed the Lynx to score 14 points off of those turnovers.
The Lynx refused to give up and with 16:44 left in the second half, they would find a way to recapture their lead of 64-63, causing Oglethorpe to call their first timeout of the second half. Following that timeout, the Petrels scored nine points while they held the Lynx scoreless for over two minutes. The Lynx continued to fight to cut the Petrels lead to 76-74 with over 12 minutes remaining, but the Petrels would begin to close out the game by scoring 12 unanswered points. The game never would get any closer and the Petrels would be able to push their lead out to as many as 21 points late in the game to finish on top, 108-87.
The Petrels had an outstanding performance from the SAA's leading scorer, Will Perry, who ended with 30 points, nine boards, three steals and four assists. Tom Inungu, who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, enjoyed an excellent performance, as well.
The Petrels will return home for action next weekend on Friday and Saturday. On Jan. 12, the Petrels will host SAA rival Sewanee at 8 p.m., following the women's matchup. On Jan. 14, the Petrels will face yet another SAA opponent, Centre, at 3 p.m.