ATLANTA - A 12-point deficit was not enough to overcome Sunday afternoon for Sewanee men's basketball, as the Tigers suffered a 67-60 setback to the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe at the Dorough Field House.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Oglethorpe (8-8, 2-3) 67, Sewanee (13-3, 2-3) 60
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Oglethorpe came out scoring in the first half, draining 14-of-25 (56 percent) shots from the field, and the team made it an 11-point game, 21-10, with 7:30 left in the period.
-The Petrels made it a 16-point lead, the biggest lead of the game, thanks to a triple from Carlos Sone and a layup by Will Perry.
-With five minutes left in the period, Sewanee finished the half strong, as the visitors cut the deficit to 12 points, 35-23, at the break.
-The Tigers, for the second straight game, came out firing on all cylinders. The Purple and Gold went a 12-2 run to start the period, with all the points coming off of 3-pointers by Luke Smith. Sewanee trailed 37-35 with 16 minutes left.
-Oglethorpe made it a double-digit affair again, 64-52 with six minutes to go thanks to back-to-back layups by Tom Inungu.
-With a little over two minutes to go, the Tigers, trailing by nine points, 64-55, went on a huge run, thanks to some help from the home team. After a triple by Smith cut the deficit to nine, Will Koch turned the ball over on OU's next possession. Koch was next issued a technical foul after the play was dead.
-Smith drained both free throws, and on the next possession, Smith drained a second triple for a five-point possession. Sewanee trailed 64-60 with less than two minutes to go.
-That field goal would be the last one for Sewanee in the game, as the Petrels scored the final three points to secure the win.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-After dropping 27 points for the fourth time in 2019 on Friday night, Luke Smith surpassed his career-best with a 31-point performance Sunday. The sophomore went 9-of-18 from the field, 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and he drained 7-of-8 free throws.
-In the second half, the reigning SAA Newcomer of the Year, after missing all three 3-point attempts in the first half, went 6-of-7 in the second half.
-Hunter Buescher recorded eight points and six assists, while Jordan Warlick scored eight and corralled five boards.
OGLETHORPE KEY STATISTICS
-Tom Inugu went 8-of-10 from the field and finished with 19 points.
-Will Perry posted 15 points and 10 boards.
The Tigers will remain on the road for the third weekend in conference play next week. Sewanee will travel to Birmingham-Southern Friday night.