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Colonels burn nets from outside in 95-66 rout of Berry
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DANVILLE, Ky. - The Centre men's basketball team came out with guns blazing against the Berry Vikings, making 12 of their first 16 attempts from three-point range as the Colonels defeated Berry by a score of 95-66. It was the sixth time in 12 conference games that the Colonels scored 90 or more points.
Bowling Green, Ky. natives Perry Ayers, Tucker Sine and Dawson Crump combined to go a perfect eight for eight on three-point attempts in the first half as Centre quickly built a 27-10 lead against the Vikings. Centre took its biggest lead of the half at 47-22 on a dunk by sophomore Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) and went into the locker room up 51-29 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Colonels gradually extended their lead to as many as 32 points after free throws by Ayers. Centre emptied its bench and cruised to the 95-66 victory to maintain their lead in the Southern Athletic Association standings.
Centre finished 15-30 from three-point range for an even 50 percent. Seven different Centre players connected on threes in the game.
Ayers led all scorers with 18 points to go along with six assists. Sine, Crump and sophomore Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) all scored in double figures for the Colonels.
Centre outrebounded the conference's top rebounding team by a margin of 55-44 as Walker led all players with nine boards.
The Colonels assisted 21 times on 37 makes from the floor, led by Ayers with six and Crump with five. At the same time, Centre limited the fast paced Vikings to just nine assists.
Centre held the Berry offensive attack to 34.7 percent from the floor on 25-72 attempts and just 13 percent on 3-23 tries from beyond the arc.
Next up for the Colonels will be a rematch with the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe, who handed the Colonels their only defeat in the last 11 games, 76-69 in Atlanta on Jan. 14. Oglethorpe, who entered Friday tied with Sewanee for second place in the league standings, is currently playing the Tigers in Tennessee. The Colonels lead both teams by one game.