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Sine Nets Career-high 36 Points to Lift Colonels to 84-68 Win over Berry
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – Sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) dropped in a career-high 36 points to lead the Centre men's basketball team to its fifth straight win in an 84-68 victory over Berry on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Colonels (13-7, 9-2 SAA) celebrated senior day with the triumph as Centre honored senior guards Sam Gruber (LaGrange, Ky.), Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio), and Brett Jones (Danville, Ky.) prior to the contest. The Vikings fell to 8-14 overall and 4-7 in SAA action.
Centre's five game winning streak marks the program's longest since the Colonels captured six straight victories from Feb. 7-26 of last season.
Sine's 36 markers are the most for Centre since Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) finished with 36 points in an 84-78 overtime win at Millsaps on Jan. 24, 2016.
The Colonels held an early 7-4 lead before using a 13-2 run buoyed by 3-pointers from Sine, Gump and sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) to put Centre ahead 20-6 with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half.
Nick Marder ended the Colonels' run with a free throw, before Centre went on an 11-2 surge capped by a layup from freshman forward Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) to give the Colonels a 31-9 advantage with 7:16 showing on the first period clock.
Centre would hold a 50-26 edge at the break, shooting 61.3 percent (19-of-31) from the field in the first half, including 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Vikings cut the Colonels' lead to 58-40 with 13:28 remaining in the game, when Sine ignited a 15-6 spurt to give Centre its largest advantage of the night of 27 points at 73-46 with 8:46 to play in the contest. Sine had 11 of the 15 markers during the run.
Berry would minimize the final deficit to 16 points by outscoring the Colonels 22-11 down the stretch.
Sine shot 11-of-17 from the field including 6-of-10 from long range to go with an 8-of-11 showing at the free throw line. The Bowling Green, Ky. native also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and dished out four assists.
Although Sine was the only Colonel in double-figures, 11 Centre players entered the scoring column in the win.
Gump added seven points, seven rebounds and a game-high five assists on the day.
Cory Johnson chipped in a team-high 17 points off the bench for the Vikings, followed by Alton McLoud with 13 points, Blake Jones with 11 points and Tanner Spalding with 10 points.
Centre finished shooting 49.1 percent (28-of-57) on field goals, 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from downtown and 72.7 percent (16-of-22) from the free throw line, while Berry was 36.8 percent (25-of-68) from the field, 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from long range and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) on free throws.
The Colonels outrebounded the Vikings 41-36 in the victory to go with advantages of 32-22 in points in the paint 14-7 in fast break points and 59-32 in bench points.
Centre never trailed in the contest.
The Colonels hit the road next weekend for a pivotal SAA matchup on Friday, Feb. 10 in Memphis with second-place Rhodes (8-3). The Lynx have won four consecutive games. Centre topped Rhodes 106-100 in overtime on Friday, Jan. 13 in Danville. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m. CT on Friday night in Memphis, Tenn.