Centre College got a game-high 19 points from freshman point guard Matt Nestheide and hit 15 of 17 free throws in the second half to beat visiting Hendrix College 61-52 here Sunday in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
Centre coach Greg Mason said there were three keys to the win for this Colonels (6-1, 2-0 SCAC).
"We didn't execute real well the first 37 minutes of the game, but we did the last three minutes and that's one big reason that we won," said Mason. "At the end, we defended well and we got good looks at the basket.
"Another reason we won was that we went 21-for-25 at the foul line, including 15-for-17 the second half. But perhaps the biggest reason we won was Matt Nestheide. He had a fantastic game. He was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, shot free throws well (7-for-8), got four rebounds and did everything we asked. I was very pleased with his play."