MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2015) – Despite holding a lead with 17:35 left in the game, the Sewanee men's basketball team could not hold off Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Rhodes, Sunday, as the host Lynx stormed back for a 55-44 win inside Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium.
The loss dropped the Tigers' record to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in league action. Rhodes, who leads the conference at 6-0, improved to 13-3 overall.
Down 10 with 8:04 left in the opening half, Caldwell sparked a Sewanee comeback. An old-fashion three-point play opened a 15-7 run by the Tigers.
Down only two to start the second half, two free throws by Carter tied the game at 23-23 on Sewanee's first possession. The Tigers then took the lead at 23-21 with a jumper from Caldwell. The Tigers then led 27-26 with 17:35 to play before Rhodes's offensive got hot.
The Lynx opened an 11-2 run over the next four minutes. Rhodes eventually built its lead to 13, 44-31, with 10:01 left. Rhodes would not look back from there.
Overall, both teams struggled from the floor. Sewanee made only 37.0 percent of its attempts while Rhodes connected on 38.3 percent of its shots.
Individually, no Tiger finished in double figures. For only the second time this year, guard Jorden Williams failed to reach 10 points. With that, Williams led Sewanee in scoring with eight points.
Guard Drew Miller led Rhodes with a game-high 16 points. Forward Geoff Livsey also played well with 12 points for the red and black.
Sewanee opens a four-game SAA homestand with an 8:00 p.m. contest against Oglethorpe, Friday.