SEWANEE, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2015) – In front of a loud and electric crowd, the Sewanee men's basketball team slammed past Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Oglethorpe, 80-69, Friday inside Juhan Gymnasium.
Sewanee kept its reputation as a team that is hard to beat on its home floor. The Tigers are now 7-1 on the Domain this season. Sewanee also snapped Oglethorpe's four-game winning streak.
Sewanee is now 11-7 overall and 5-2 in SAA play. The Tigers' conference record moves Sewanee into second place in the SAA standings behind rival Rhodes.
Down by one, 8-7, early in the first half, Sewanee took control of the contest. A jumper by Keshonn Carter sparked an 11-0 run by the Tigers.
Sewanee maintained its lead throughout the remainder of the first half. After making 53.1 percent of their attempts in the opening 20 minutes, the Tigers led by nine, 40-31, at the break.
In the second half, Sewanee stretched its lead out to as much as 16 with 13:56 to play. However, Oglethorpe did not quit. The Stormy Petrels pulled to within one, 65-64, with 4:44 remaining after Alex Davis made a jumper.
Needing a basket to stop the Oglethorpe momentum, Carter answered on the Tigers' next possession. The junior from Nashville, Tenn., made back-to-back layups which pushed the Sewanee advantage back to five.
Then with 1:41 to play, the Tigers sealed the win. After four straight made free throws, sophomore Jorden Williams forced a turnover by Romello Bates. Williams then found Carter all alone for a monster dunk.
Carter would add another dunk with 30 seconds left which pushed the Sewanee lead to nine, 78-69.
Known for its defense, Sewanee limited Oglethorpe to its third lowest scoring total of the season. The Tiger defense also forced 15 turnovers and outrebounded OU, 35-26.
Individually, Carter finished with a 22-point, 15-rebound double-double. Marcellus Caldwell also played well with a double-double. The senior forward finished with 13 points and 10 assists. Williams also scored in double figures with 16 points.
Guard Connor Smith led Oglethorpe with a team-high 17 points.
Sewanee continues SAA play with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Berry, Sunday.