Men Push Past Piedmont
The Oglethorpe University men's basketball team defeated Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia on Tuesday night, 83-69. The Petrels were lifted by the spirited play of their bench who managed to tally 47 points amongst them in the road victory.
After the teams went back and forth in the early going Oglethorpe took a lead over the Lions midway through the first half and would never look back. The Petrels held a 37-33 edge at halftime and, after the Lions got the first bucket of the second half, Oglethorpe responded with a three-pointer of their own and Piedmont got no closer than within 5 points the rest of the game.
The reserve players showed their continued development by stepping onto the floor and lifting Oglethorpe to the win with their 47 combined points. Andrew Steioff led all Petrels in scoring with 13 points on a near-perfect 6 of 7 shooting performance. Alec Pitts recorded 12 points and E.C. Williams posted 10 points and 5 steals for the Petrels. Also coming off the bench, Joe Kennedy poured in 9 to go along with a team-high 6 assists. Starters Wade Weldon and Todd Ward rounded out the Petrels in double-figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Oglethorpe shot 52% (33-64) from the field, held the Lions to only 37% (23-63) from the field and out rebounded Piedmont 41-33 en route to the victory.
The Petrels are now 14-10 on the season and will complete regular season play this Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. against Sewanee on Pinholster Court.