Centre men begin at 2-0

November 21, 2004

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Matt Jacobson's driving layup with seven seconds to play gave the Centre College men a 60-59 victory over Rust, their second win in as many days.

Reggie Magnusson, who scored a game-high 25 points Saturday and 46 for the weekend, blocked a shot by Rust's La-mont Keaton in the final three seconds to preserve the win.

"I couldn't be more pleased," Centre coach Greg Mason said. "We have a young, inexperienced group who's not getting a lot of respect across the South ... and this gives a lot of confidence to our guys."

Magnusson went 9-for-19 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line even though foul trouble limited him to 24 minutes.


"He was just unstoppable down the stretch; they didn't really have an answer for him," Mason said.

Centre also relied on its defense, which held Rust (1-1) to 59 points, the same number it scored in the first half Friday against Sewanee.

"We thought if we could keep it below 75 we had a good chance," Mason said. "We controlled the tempo and just kind of hung in there."

Centre shot 62 percent in the second half after shooting 31 percent in the first.

Freshman Matt Nestheide had 13 points and only one turnover against Rust's intense pressure, and Coy Zerhusen had eight points and eight rebounds.

Centre's defense was also key Friday in its 72-54 win over Emo-ry & Henry. The Colonels held E&H to 36.5 percent shooting and forced 30 turnovers.

"We made it very difficult for them to score, and they kind of got frustrated down the stretch," Mason said.

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