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Colonels Fall to Berea in High-Scoring Affair
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BEREA, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's basketball team was bested by host Berea by a score of 100-87 in a non-conference contest on Monday night at the Seabury Center Arena.
The Colonels saw their three game winning streak snap, moving to 4-3 on the season while the Mountaineers earn their sixth win in the last seven games to improve to 8-3 on the year.
Centre's 87 points represent a season-high and are the most for the Colonels since a 93-54 victory over Millsaps on Feb. 7.
The Colonels allowed 100 points for the first time since a 102-97 overtime loss to Franklin on Nov. 19, 2013, while Berea's 100 points are also the most for a Centre opponent in a regulation game since the Colonels fell to Morehead State 115-68 on Dec. 2, 1995.
With the Mountaineers holding a 13-5 edge in the first half, Centre used a 14-3 run keyed by six points by junior forward Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati, Ohio) to give the Colonels their first lead of the night at 19-16 with just over 12 minutes to play in the opening period.
Berea answered with a 13-4 surge to gain a 29-23 advantage with 7:28 showing on the clock.
The Mountaineers would own that six-point lead at 36-30 later in the half, when a 3-pointer by senior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) sparked an 11-2 spurt which gave Centre a three-point advantage at 41-38 with 2:41 remaining in the first half.
Berea outscored the Colonels 9-3 for the remainder of the stanza to take a 47-44 lead into the break.
After a Schmucker tip-in just under five minutes into the second half which put the Colonels ahead 61-60, the Mountaineers went on a 14-2 run to gain a 74-63 advantage following a Nick McCollum 3-pointer at the 11:18 mark of the period
Centre scored six of the next eight points as a jumper by sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) minimized the deficit to seven at 76-69 with 9:37 to play in the contest.
However, Berea would not let the Colonels come within eight points for the rest of the game, as the Mountaineers built their lead to as many as 15 points at 100-85 with 40 seconds remaining in the contest.
Sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) paced Centre with 19 points, connecting on 5-of-12 field goals including 5-of-8 attempts from behind the arc. Sine was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe and matched a team-high with five rebounds for the Colonels.
Gump finished with 14 points knocking down 4-of-6 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws. Freshman forward Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) chipped in 13 markers off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting from long range to go with five boards, while freshman guard Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) added 10 points, connecting on 4-of-8 field goals and 2-of-3 shots from downtown. Schmucker contributed eight points and five rebounds for Centre.
Richard Parker led all scorers with 24 points and seven assists, draining 6-of-9 3-pointers in the victory. Corey Wise scored 21 points for Berea, followed by Terique Miller with 15, Dyonta Bizzle-Brown with 14 and Anthony Myrks with 10 points. Jair Jackson grabbed a game-high eight boards off the bench for the Mountaineers.
Both teams had success shooting the basketball in the contest, as Berea was 53.3 percent (32-of-60) on field goals compared to the Colonels' 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field.
Centre was 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from behind the arc and a season-high 91.3 percent (21-of-23) from the free throw line, while the Mountaineers shot 50.0 percent (12-of-24) from long range and 80.0 percent (24-of-30) from the stripe.
Berea held a 35-30 rebounding edge and finished with advantages of 21-8 in points off turnovers and 36-18 in points in the paint.
The Colonel bench outscored the Mountaineer reserves by a margin of 35-24 in the game.
Centre returns to action with another non-conference matchup against Earlham this Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at Alumni Gymnasium. The Quakers are coming off an 80-77 overtime victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) foe Manchester on Sunday evening.