Centre men top Rhodes

women fall by one point

December 05, 2004

The Centre College men shot 56 percent in the second half to pull away from Rhodes for a 77-65 victory in their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener Friday at Alumni Gymnasium.

Centre (5-1, 1-0 SCAC) was 12-for-34 from the field in the first half but went 18-for-32 in the second half to win on a night when its recently renovated home court was dedicated in honor of former coach Tom Bryant.

"It was a very good win on coach Bryant's night," Centre coach Greg Mason said.

The Colonels trailed 30-29 at halftime but used a 14-3 run early in the second half to take a 45-35 lead with 14:09 to play, and they held on to win despite going 7-for-20 at the free-throw line.

Matt Jacobson went 4-for-9 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 19 points for Centre. Reggie Magnusson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Coy Zerhusen had 11 points and 11 boards and Matt Nestheide 12 points and three assists with no turnovers.



Rhodes 66, Centre 65 - Centre (2-4, 0-1) forced a fast-paced Rhodes team to play at a slower speed, but the Lynx (5-1, 1-0) hit key baskets down the stretch to stave off the upset bid.

"Our whole goal was to control their transition and make them more of a slow-paced team," Centre coach Jennifer Ruff-Osborne said. "We forced them into a game they didn't want to play. I was really proud of our effort. If we keep working as hard as we did tonight, we're going to get some good wins."

Centre's last lead was at 46-45 with 7:58 remaining, but the Colonels hit only three of their next 12 field-goal attempts before sinking two 3-pointers in the last six seconds in a last-ditch comeback attempt. Meanwhile, Rhodes was 5-for-6 from the field and 11-for-14 at the free-throw line during that span.

Freshman Jayme Davis had her first career double-double for Centre with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and she also had a game-high four assists. Lauren Clontz and Chelsea Wessel scored 11 points each, and Sarah Sheeran added 10.

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