Men's Basketball Recap (Week 4) - Around the SCAC

Men's Basketball Recap (Week 4) - Around the SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - Only six of the SCAC's 12 teams were in action the week of December 5-11. As a result, the schedule was light as only nine games were played throughout the league. Birmingham-Southern continued its home-court winning streak and Rhodes extended its best start to a season since 2008-09.


Austin College improved to 4-3 with a 68-64 win over Webster University in their lone game of the week, getting a career best 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from Alen Michael in the win. Michael also added six boards and Josh Saunders scored 15 points while Jordan Hancock scored 14 and added four assists. The 'Roos are back in action tonight against Fontbonne.
No. 18 Birmingham-Southern played one game at home this week, defeating Point University for the Panthers' 35th straight home victory, a streak dating back to the end of the 2008-09 season. BSC stands at 7-0 on the season, the only undefeated team in the league. Senior Jasen Jonus led all players with 23 points against Point, hitting six of the Panthers' 19 three-pointers. Junior Zac Richards recorded 14 points, sophomore Nick Murphy had 12, and junior Kevin Kegarise scored 11. Junior Blaise White led with eight assists and five rebounds. The Panthers resume conference play this weekend on the road, traveling to face Centre on Friday and Sewanee on Sunday.
Centre (4-3, 1-1 SCAC) took to the week off for final exams. The Colonels return to action on December 16 and 18 when they host 18th-ranked Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee, respectively. Last season Centre split with BSC with the Colonels taking a 62-45 win in Danville before finishing the regular season with a 67-63 loss in Birmingham a year ago. Centre swept Sewanee 65-51 at Sewanee and 70-35 in Danville.

Freshman forward Chris Lesnansky scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, but Colorado College needed seven straight from sophomore guard Ryan Milne during the final 2:08 to escape with a 73-70 victory over Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday. Milne finished with 19 points and dished out a game-high seven assists as CC won on the road for the first time this season. Senior forward Jeremiah Waters added 17 points, 12 of which came on shots from behind the three-point line during the second half. Milne scored 20 points on Saturday at Wartburg, but Colorado College shot just 30.8-percent from the field and saw its three-game winning streak snapped with a 64-52 loss. CC battled back to within 56-46 when Milne drained his third trey of the contest with 4:07 to play, but that was as close as the Tigers would get. Lesnansky and junior forward Ian Rewoldt had six rebounds apiece to lead the CC. The Tigers put their share of first place in the West Division on the line on Saturday when they travel to Hendrix for their final game before the Christmas Break.

Dallas was triumphant in their sole game of the week, a 77-61 comeback effort versus Southwestern Adventist University on Wednesday evening in Keene, Texas. After jumping out to a 5-0 lead, the Crusaders struggled containing the hot 3-point shooting of the Knights, with Dallas surrendering 13 unanswered points. Nevertheless, Dallas motored on, leveling the score at 33-33 by halftime before eventually winning by 16 points. Sophomore guard Joe Stephens tallied a game-high 20 points for Dallas, while sophomore guard Braeton Hightower, junior forward Tanner Bruffey and freshman forward Alex Winebarger combined for 35 points. Snapping a five-game losing skid, Dallas will play two road games this week, both SCAC contests -- Friday vs. Trinity (7 p.m.) and Saturday vs. Southwestern (6 p.m.).

Hendrix (1-5, 1-1 SCAC) was off the past week for finals. The Warriors will host Colorado College on Saturday at Grove Gymnasium. Las season Hendrix was swept by the Tigers, 68-48 and 84-80. The Warriors last beat Colorado College 88-78 on February 21, 2010.

Millsaps (4-2, 1-1 SCAC) took the week off for final exams. The Majors return to action on December 15 and 16 when they travel to Covenant and LaGrange respectively. Millsaps will then take nearly two weeks off for the holidays and resume play by playing in the Belhaven Classic December 29-30.

Oglethorpe (4-5, 0-1 SCAC) slit a pair of games last week, falling to #9 Emory 60-54 then beating Covenant 78-72 in overtime. Against Emory, the Stormy Petrels were led by Christian Molinet and Alec Pitts who each scored a team-high 16 points. They were the only two OU players in double-figures. Emory held a 15 point lead (51-36) with just over seven minutes remaining before Oglethorpe trimmed the lead down to four with 38 seconds left thanks to a 16-5 run. However, that was as close as the Petrels would get as the Eagles held on for the six point win. Against Covenant, Oglethorpe had four players in double-figures. Andrew Steioff scored a team-high 15 points as OU outscored the Scots 13-7 in the extra session. The game was tied 30-30 at halftime.
Rhodes (6-2, 2-0 SCAC) won its only game of the week against Rust, 86-62 on December 6. The Lynx were led by sophomore guard Andrew Galow’s 20 points and Michael Gallagher’s 19 points. Galow shot 7 of 11 from the floor and added five assists and three rebounds. Gallagher shot 5 of 10 from the floor including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Rhodes resumes play on December 17 and 18 hosting the Rhodes Christmas Invitational. The Lynx are off to their best start since they opened up the 2008-09 season 6-2.
Sewanee opened a 38-8 lead midway through the first half en route to a 86-42 victory over Johnson University Tuesday inside Juhan Gymnasium. With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-3 this season. Sewanee took a commanding lead into the intermission. The Tigers shot 68 percent the first half while holding Johnson to a 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) performance. In the second half, things stayed the same. Sewanee opened with a 22-7 run which gave the Tigers a 76-22 lead with 10:06 to play. Johnson cut the deficit to 44 when Cebastiano Loius made a pair of free throws with 1:20 remaining. Freshman Robert Veal led the Tigers with a career-high 15 points. Sophomore Valentino Bryant added 13 points while forward Anvil Nelson pitched in 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. This week the Tigers continue SCAC play when Oglethorpe and Birmingham-Southern come to the Mountain Friday and Sunday.
Southwestern (0-8, 0-2 SCAC) had the week off from action. The Pirates return to the court this weekend as they face Austin College on Friday night and the University of Dallas on Saturday.
Trinity returns to action after taking last week off, and will host a pair of SCAC games over the weekend. The Tigers will make their home debut against the University of Dallas on Friday and then take on Austin College on Saturday. Trinity swept two SCAC games from Austin last year, and also beat Dallas in a non-conference matchup to close the regular season schedule.

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