BEREA - Centre College rallied in the second half to defeat Berea 82-66 for the championship of the season-opening Pepsi/Sodexho Invitational.
The Colonels trailed 41-36 at halftime before coming from behind.
"The final score was not indicative of how close this game was," Centre coach Greg Mason said. "I thought we really grew up as a team in the second half."
Matt Nestheide scored 26 points to lead Centre (2-0) and earn the tournament's most valuable player award. He had 40 points and 11 assists in two games.
"We ask so much of Matt, but he's a go-to player, and he stepped up when we really needed him," Mason said.