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Colonels’ late comeback bid falls short in SAA-opening loss

Colonels’ late comeback bid falls short in SAA-opening loss

SEWANEE, Tenn. – Centre men's basketball dropped a 70-63 decision in the Southern Athletic Association opener inside Juhan Gymnasium at Sewanee Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels move to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in-conference, while the host Tigers improve to 3-3 (1-0) with the victory.

Centre fell victim to a cold-shooting start to Saturday's contest, hitting just one of its first 11 shots and trailing 23-4 at the midway point of the first period.

Down by 19 with barely 10 minutes off the clock, the Colonels were finally able to settle in their offensive touch. They would face a 41-27 deficit heading into the halftime break.

Sewanee shot a blistering 57 percent (16-28) in the first half, including a 7 for 14 mark from 3-point range. Centre went 9 of 30 (30%) overall from the field and 6 of 16 (37.5%) from deep.

Centre slowly chipped away at the Tigers' lead in the second period, and got within single digits on a Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) layup near the 10-minute mark.

A 9-1 Sewanee run helped the hosts regain its double-figure lead, but not long after Centre came storming back one again.

After a late 9-0 Centre run – fueled by five points from sophomore Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) – the visitors found themselves down 66-63 with 19 seconds left in the game.

The Tigers hit all four of their free throws down the stretch, however, icing the win.

Junior Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) led the Colonels with 13 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) added 10 points, four boards, two assists and two steals.

Sophomore Jakob Spitzer (Atlanta) paced the Centre reserves with eight points.

Centre is off until Dec. 13, when it travels to face in-state for Spalding in Louisville, Ky., at 7:30 p.m. ET.