The men's basketball team played their finest 40 minutes of hoops this season en route to trouncing Austin College on Pinholster Court, 79-52. Whether they were lighting it up from deep (15-of-33 from three) or putting the clamps down defensively (held AC to 37% from field), the Petrels put it all together this fine Sunday afternoon.
The two teams really got after it defensively in the game's first 10 minutes and the score was a pedestrian 13-12 Austin leading with 8 minutes remaining in the first stanza. That's when Oglethorpe ignited their own little three-party on Pinholster Court to suddenly leave the Kangaroos in the dust.
Tyler Cerone kicked it off with a three from the wing to give Oglethorpe the lead. After Austin tied it with two free throws, Sam Purdy connected from downtown to up the margin to three. The 'Roos countered again to cut it to one but Alec Pitts answered on the other end with yet another trey to push the lead back to four. The Petrels earned a stop and that's where things got silly as Pitts and Purdy each struck from deep again to suddenly up the lead to 13 (30-17) with 3:08 left in the half. And the rout was on.
The Petrels eventually would bury 9 first half three-pointers while making only 4 two-point field goals on their way to opening up a 37-26 halftime lead. The 'Roos never got closer than 12 points in the second half as, unlike Friday night, the Petrels stretched the lead all the way up to 29 points to remove any doubt and avoid late game stress.
Oglethorpe made 25-of-48 (52%) shots on the afternoon against the SCAC's toughest defense to knock off the West front-running Kangaroos. The Petrels are now 32-of-68 from three-point range in their past two Sunday outings for a ridiculous 47% from beyond the arc.
Purdy made 7-of-10 shots, including 6-of-9 from three, to lead all Petrels with 20 points. Alec Pitts added 18 points and 7 assists while Christian Molinet tallied 10. With the win the Petrels are back to .500 for the season at 9-9 and just one victory away from leveling their conference slate (4-5) as well. Oglethorpe faces Hendrix in Arkansas this Friday and Colorado College on Sunday.