Centre misses its chance in 2-point loss

February 15, 2004

GEORGETOWN, Texas - The Centre College men missed a chance to move into a first-place tie in their conference when they lost 67-65 to Southwestern on Friday night.

Centre (16-6, 8-3 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) could have tied Trinity and Rose-Hulman, both of which lost Friday, at the top of the league. The Colonels remain one game behind those teams entering today's game at Trinity.

The Colonels were beaten badly on the boards, as Southwestern (14-8, 7-4) outrebounded them 43-31 and got 14 offensive boards in the process.

"We were going up against a team bigger than we were, but I was hoping for better rebounding from us," Centre coach Greg Mason said. "We make it so difficult on ourselves."


They added to that difficulty by missing eight of 15 free throws.

"It's tough to beat a very, very good team on the road when you have free opportunities and you don't take advantage of it," Mason said.

Mercer County High School graduate Jason Atwell scored his 1,000th career point for the Colonels, but he finished with only five points.

Centre outshot Southwestern by hitting 45.5 percent of its shots from the field, but the Pirates evened the scales by hitting seven of 10 3-point shots.

The game was close from start to finish, with Centre holding the largest lead at six points.

"It was always a two- or three-point game," Mason said. "We had numerous opportunities down the stretch but could not come up with the key bucket."

Reggie Magnusson led the Colonels with 14 points and five rebounds but also had seven turnovers.

James Booker added 12 points, John Ortega had 10 points and five rebounds and Coy Zerhusen had eight points and seven boards.


Southwestern 60, Centre 42 - Centre (5-17, 2-9) committed 26 turnovers and missed nearly half its free throws and all its 3-point shots in a loss to Southwestern (12-10, 6-5).

The Colonels were 8-for-15 from the free-throw line and 0-for-5 from 3-point range. They were also outrebounded 41-35.

Mary Klee led Centre with nine points and nine rebounds. Chelsea Wessel had 12 of the Colonels' turnovers, while Southwestern's entire team had only 16.

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