SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee men's basketball used a strong second half to defeat the Lions of Piedmont College, 60-37, Wednesday night inside Juhan Gymnasium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (2-3) 60, Piedmont (0-2) 37
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-A slow start with only five combined points in the first 1:15, the Tigers went on a quick 6-0 run in about a minute to push the lead to 10-3 early in the first half.
-Piedmont rallied to get the contest within a point, 16-15, with 6:43 left in the opening period. The teams traded shots, and the Tigers only led by one possession, 23-20, at the break.
-The Tigers' offense came to life in the second half, as Sewanee outscored the visitors 14-4 in the first 10-plus minutes in the second half.
-Sewanee secured the win with a 15-5 run in the final 5:28 of the ballgame.
-After leading 23-20 at the half, the Tigers defense held Piedmont to 17 second half points, outscoring the Lions, 37-17.
Head coach Mick Hedgepeth
First off, hats off to a very well coached and talented Piedmont team who gave us two close games last year, going down to the wire. We talked to our guys before the game on how to defend without fouling and picking up the intensity on the defensive side of the ball, especially rebounding the ball. We did well on both of those tonight.
We outpaced the final 15 minutes compared to the first 25 minutes. With the first half playing out the way it did, the main thing we talked about in the locker room was taking care of the ball. We ended the game with 17 turnovers to their six, so that is something we have to improve on.
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SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Cam Caldwell led the Tigers with 18 points thanks to a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three blocks.
-Hunter Buescher scored 11 points for the winners.
-Adrian Thomas recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points.
-As a team, the Tigers outrebounded the Lions, 51-29, and missed only four free throws, going 16-of-20.
-On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers held the opponents to 22.6 percent shooting from the field (14-of-62), 19 percent (6-of-31) in the second half.
PIEDMONT KEY STATISTICS
-Marquise Lanie led the Lions as the only person in double figures with 12 points.
-Elijah Alton recorded 10 boards.
Sewanee next prepares to open SAA action on Saturday afternoon, as Centre makes the trip from Danville, Ky. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m.