Centre men shoot their way to win at Millsaps

February 01, 2004

JACKSON, Miss. - Centre College's men shot 58.6 percent in the second half to pull away from Millsaps and ease to a 71-54 victory Friday.

The Centre women weren't as lucky, scoring just 10 points in the first half and losing 70-33 to Millsaps.

The Centre men (14-4, 6-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) got a team effort, with four players in double figures and just about everybody contributing something, accor-ding to coach Greg Mason.

"This was a feel-good win for us," Mason said. "It was a good team effort, and I feel good about this game."

Jason Atwell and Reggie Magnusson each scored 13, while James Booker had 11 and John Ortega 10 off the bench. Centre shot 50 percent for the game.


Mason was pleased with the play of Booker and Coy Zerhusen.

"James was guarding Tyler Warren, probably their best player, and he held him to nine points," Mason said. "James is a very good defensive player.

"Coy has probably been our most consistent player. They have him with 10 rebounds, but I think he actually had more than that."

Kyle Roby had four assists to no turnovers, and Atwell hit two 3s in the second half to get Centre off and running.

The Colonels limited Millsaps (2-15, 1-7) to 34.6 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 41-25.

"Those are two outstanding stats," Mason said. "That's got to be our calling right there, that's the type of team we need to be."

Millsaps' women earned their first SCAC win by topping Centre. The Majors (4-14, 1-7) led 29-10 at halftime, and scored another 41 in the second half to beat Centre.

The Colonels (5-14, 2-6) hit just 5 of 17 first-half shots, a 29.4 percent mark, but finished the game hitting 42.4 percent. Virginia Lowery led Centre with eight points, and Mary Klee had nine rebounds.

Centre had 30 turnovers for the game.

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