Zerhusen sparks Centre's 2nd-half surge to 84-75 win

February 08, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Once Coy Zerhusen got back on the floor for the second half Saturday, he wasn't coming out.

The Centre College sophomore played all 20 minutes after totaling only 11 in the first half with two fouls. Not so coincidentally, Centre outscored Sewanee by 10 points after halftime to earn an 84-75 victory behind Zerhusen's hustle.

Zerhusen led the Colonels (16-4, 8-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) in points (17) and rebounds (seven) and also had two steals and two assists. In the second half, he had 11 points, five rebounds, both assists and both steals.

Centre coach Greg Mason said Zerhusen's play was the reason Centre held on for the win.

"The key to the game was Coy Zerhusen," Mason said. "Coy is playing outstanding basketball right now. His basketball IQ is the best on the team. He just plays so hard, and he's a warrior."


"That's how I play, how I've always played," Zerhusen said. "Coach asked me about halfway through the second half if I could go the whole way. That's what we practice for, being in shape and you have to play hard the whole time out there. I can't outjump a whole bunch of people, so I have to play hard all the time."

He did just that, and his effort helped a balanced Centre attack outlast a Sewanee team that shot 54 percent from the floor and held a 10-rebound advantage.

The first time the two teams met in early January, Centre won 57-56 at Sewanee despite Eugene Talley going for 21 points on the inside for the Tigers. This time, Talley was held in check (nine points), but guards Chris Eddy and Aaron Breeden more than picked up the slack.

Eddy and Breeden combined for 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the first half. Eddy finished with 20 points and Breeden 16, but Mason said his team did much better on them after halftime.

"We started playing much better on the perimeter with our defense in the second half," Mason said. "In the first half, their guards absolutely did whatever they wanted to. Our perimeter defense was probably the weakest it's been this year. We've got guys on the perimeter than can guard, but we didn't have our best effort today."

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