Nestheide leads Centre to victory over Hendrix

December 06, 2004

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."


Sophomore Matt Jacobson had 14 points and senior center Reggie Magnusson 12 points. Junior Coy Zerhusen had a game-high 12 rebounds and three assists.

Centre jumped on top 7-0, but led only 28-26 at halftime. The second half featured six ties and four lead changes before the Colonels went on a late 14-3 run to win the game.

"Give Hendrix credit. They were a little more aggressive than we were," Mason said. "They played awfully hard to keep the game close. We have to execute better. We had 17 turnovers and way too many were unforced. But we did get a big conference win and I'm really pleased to be 6-1 with this young, inexperienced team."

Centre shot 42.5 percent (17-for-40) from the field. Hendrix shot only 33 percent (17-for-51).

The Colonels will host Transylvania Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


Visiting Hendrix used a 19-5 run early in the game to open a 30-16 lead and beat the Centre College women 75-54 here Sunday.

Centre (2-5, 0-2 SCAC) lost its fourth straight game despite getting a game-high 18 points from junior Chelsea Wessel, who was 4-for-8 from the field and 8-for-8 at the foul line. She also had eight rebounds.

"They came out strong and really pushed the ball hard to get a lot of easy baskets in transition," said Centre coach Jennifer Ruff-Osborne. "They also did a nice job going to the boards as they had 21 offensive rebounds.

"Those two things were just a bigger chunk than we could handle. We didn't stop their transition game and we couldn't keep them off the offensive board. They also took away our inside game and we couldn't hit shots from the outside."

Hendrix led by as many as 21 points in the second half. The closest Centre got was 13 points (55-42).

The Colonels will play Transylvania here Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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