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.