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Sine’s Career Day Buoys @Centre_Bball to 86-79 OT Win at Case Western

Sine’s Career Day Buoys @Centre_Bball to 86-79 OT Win at Case Western

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CentreColonels.com) – Sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) netted a career-high 33 points to pace the Centre men's basketball team to an 86-79 overtime victory over host Case Western Reserve on Friday afternoon in the consolation game of the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

With the win, the Colonels snap a three-game skid to improve to 5-5 on the season while the Spartans fall to 3-6.

Early in the contest with the score knotted at 5-5, Centre used a 15-3 run keyed by three 3-pointers by Sine to put the Colonels on top 20-8 with 13:17 to play in the first half.

Case Western responded with a 20-4 surge of its own to gain a 25-24 lead with just over eight minutes showing on the clock.

The Spartans would hold the momentum for the remainder of the period, leading by as many as ten points at 44-34 with 10 seconds to play in the half before Sine knocked down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the stanza to shrink the halftime deficit to 44-37.

Case Western owned a 50-42 lead early in the second half before the Colonels used a 14-3 spurt ignited by a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.). Freshman guard Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) had four points during the run, including a pair of free throws to cap the surge and give Centre a 56-53 advantage midway through the half.

Neither team was able to gain a lead of more than three points for the remainder of the half, as a 3-pointer by Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) put the Colonels on top 74-72 with 54 seconds to play.

A pair of free throws by the Spartans would tie the game at 74-74 in the final minute of action.

Following a missed 3-pointer by Centre senior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio), Case Western had two shots to come away with the win in the final seconds of play, but the two attempts were off the mark, sending the non-conference contest into the bonus period.

In overtime, Rakes and Sine knocked down 3-pointers on the Colonels' first two possessions and Centre never looked back. The Colonels outscored the Spartans 12-5 in the period to earn the 86-79 road victory to close the 2016 portion of the schedule.

Sine connected on 11-of-20 field goals including 7-of-14 3-pointers to go with 4-of-4 from the free throw line. His previous career-high was 26 points set in a 79-71 win over Transylvania earlier this season.

Griffin tallied 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting, knocking down 3-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 4-of-5 free throws in the victory. Rakes and freshman forward Jakob Spitzer (Atlanta, Ga.) each finished with 10 points for Centre, while Ayers chipped in eight points off the bench for the Colonels.

Gump recorded team-highs of six rebounds and seven assists on the afternoon.

David Black had a team-high 23 points for Case Western followed by T.J. Duckett with 18 markers and Javier Alvarez. Duckett added a game-high eight boards for the Spartans, as well.

Centre shot 44.1 percent (30-of-68) from the field in the win, including 37.8 percent (14-of-37) from long range to go with 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the charity stripe, while Case Western was 44.8 percent (30-of-67) on field goals, 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from downtown and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the line.

Rebounds were an even 38-38 in the back-and-forth affair which saw five ties and 16 lead changes.

The Colonels return to Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play next Friday, Jan. 6 traveling to Atlanta to face Oglethorpe at 8 p.m. ET.