Good shooting and good perimeter defense propelled the Centre College men to a 65-51 win over Sewanee on Friday night at Sewanee, Tenn.
The Colonels shot 55 percent from the field and went 9 for 16 from 3-point range, and they held one of the nation’s most prolific 3-point shooting teams to three 3-point goals.
“Our guys just defended really well, hit some shots, and we just played well tonight,” Greg Mason said. “Sewanee is a very improved team, 15 (or) 20 points better than they were last year ... so this is a very good win.”
Mason said Centre (9-2, 4-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) turned in its best offensive performance of the season, making 22 of 40 shots from the field with only six turnovers.
Two of its top three scorers were freshmen: reserve Collin Lopez with 12 points and Donovan Whiteside with 11. Jeff Mullaney also scored 11 points, and Alex Lloyd led the Colonels in rebounds (eight) and assists (five) despite playing only 23 minutes due to foul trouble.
Sewanee (5-6, 1-3) ranks in the top 15 in NCAA Division III in 3-pointers made (nine) and attempted (28) per game, but the Tigers were just 3 for 15 against Centre.
“I was really pleased with that,” Mason said.
Whiteside scored seven unanswered points to give the Colonels a 41-30 lead with 13 minutes, 46 seconds remaining, and they later led by as many as 14 points and never allowed Sewanee to get closer than eight.
Whiteside and Mullaney had nine points each in the second half.
WomenCentre 82, Sewanee 45
Centre (8-5, 2-2) shot 64 percent from the field and had 32 assists on 37 field goals in a rout of Sewanee (2-9, 0-4).
Eleven different players had assists for the Colonels, who were never threatened after building a 24-10 lead midway through the first half.
“It was definitely a total team effort,” Centre coach Wendie Austin-Robinson said.
They went on to go 17 for 24 from the field in the first half, while Sewanee was just 7 for 29.
Freshman Paige Baechle, a Tennessee native, came off the bench to lead Centre with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and she also had three assists.
Lauren Huter had 16 points, Maggie Prewitt had 15 and Chelsea Benham added 12 for the Colonels. Prewitt had seven assists, Angela Tronzo had five and Huter had four.
“And we got key minutes off the bench from a lot of different people,” Austin-Robinson said.
Bridget Winstead, who moved into a starting guard spot last Sunday after Amanda Stovall suffered a season-ending knee injury, left the game with a torn medial collateral ligament and is expected to miss several weeks.
“Thank goodness we have a strong bench to sustain the two major injuries we’ve had at the guard position,” Austin-Robinson said.