MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Centre College's men had a short stay at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, losing 71-68 to Oglethorpe in the first round Friday.
A 19-0 run by the Stormy Petrels (11-15) in the first half erased a 21-7 Centre lead and put the Colonels (18-8) in a 26-21 hole. Centre was held without a basket for 12 straight possessions, and coach Greg Mason said that run was the difference in the game.
"That generally seals your fate," Mason said. "From that point on, Oglethorpe was in control of the game. We jumped out to a big lead, we were hitting shots against their 2-3 zone. But Oglethorpe is a team that's capable of making big-time runs, and that's exactly what they did."
Oglethorpe held a four-point lead with 52 seconds left when Centre senior Jason Atwell hit a 3-pointer to get the Colonels within one. Centre called a timeout, set up its press and turned the Stormy Petrels over. But Rob King's shot was off-target, and the Colonels were out of chances.