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Late Run Lifts Earlham over @Centre_Bball 64-60

Late Run Lifts Earlham over @Centre_Bball 64-60

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – With the Centre men's basketball team owning a 60-54 lead over visiting Earlham in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday afternoon, the Quakers scored 10 unanswered points to close the contest to earn a 64-60 victory over the Colonels.

Centre moves to 4-4 with the loss, while Earlham wins its second straight game to improve to 5-5 on the season.

The Colonels jumped out to a 16-5 first half lead after knocking down 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions, the last by senior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) at the 15:13 mark. Sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) and freshman guard Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) also connected on 3-pointers during the run.

Centre would build its lead to as many as 14 in the first half at 26-12 when sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) drilled a 3-pointer with 9:38 remaining in the period.

The Quakers outscored the Colonels 16-7 for the remainder of the half, as Centre took a 33-26 advantage into the locker room.

After Earlham opened the second stanza with two straight baskets to shrink the deficit to 33-32, the Colonels responded with a 13-3 run keyed by 3-pointers by Gump, Sine and Griffin as Centre regained a 46-35 advantage with 15:29 showing on the clock.

A 3-pointer by freshman guard Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) put the Colonels ahead 51-42 with just over 12 minutes to play, when the Quakers answered with a 12-2 surge to take a 54-53 lead with 5:42 remaining in the contest.

Centre would score seven straight points, including five by Rakes to regain a 60-54 lead, before Earlham tallied 10 unanswered points to close the game, picking up a 64-60 victory on the road in Danville.

The Colonels were 0-of-4 from the field with a turnover in the final 2:29 of the game, while the Quakers were 3-of-4 from the field, 3-of-3 from the free throw line with a steal.

Rakes paced Centre with 14 points, connecting on 6-of-9 field goals and 2-of-4 shots from behind the arc. Griffin added 13 markers to go with a game-high six assists and three rebounds. Gump finished with eight points and a game-high eight boards for the Colonels.

Darrell Hutchinson netted a game-high 24 points for Earlham on 10-of-12 shooting to go with a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

The Colonels shot 46.9 percent (23-of-49) from the field, including 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from behind the arc to go with 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the charity stripe, while the Quakers were 43.3 percent (26-of-60) on field goals, 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from long range and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the free throw line.

Earlham held a 37-27 rebounding edge in the contest to go with advantages of 12-3 in second chance points, 34-24 in points in the paint and 28-17 in bench points.

Centre returns to action on Dec. 29 in the Bill Sudeck Tournament at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. The Colonels take on SUNY Geneseo in the first round of action at 5 p.m. ET.