December 1, 2012

Men's Basketball Suffers First Loss of Season

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, losing to Covenant in Lookout Mountain, Ga., 68-59.

The Petrels led 34-25 at the half, but were outscored by Covenant 43-25 in the second half, resulting in the Scots' comeback victory.

Oglethorpe imposed its will in the first half, leading by as many as 12 points late in the period. Senior guard Branden Jovaag was a big part of the first-half run, scoring 15 points on five made three-pointers. The Petrels led 34-25 at the half.

In the second half, the Scots got off to a quick start, going on a 14-5 run to tie the game at 39-apiece with 13:52 remaining. The Petrels answered and went on a 9-3 mini-run of their own, taking a 48-42 lead with 11:21 remaining, capped by three straight free throws from junior forward Tyler Courson.

Another Scots run, this one 8-0, put them back ahead 50-48. The Petrels were down by just one, 56-55, with 4:11 remaining, after a jumper by senior forward Sam Purdy. However, from that point, Covenant went on one more run, this one 9-0, to go ahead by 10, 65-55, with under a minute to go. The Scots outscored the Petrels 43-25 in the second half.

Neither team shot particularly well, with Covenant outshooting the Petrels 36-to-25 percent. Oglethorpe shot just 8-of-26 from the three-point line, most of which was accounted for by Jovaag's 6-for-10 night in that regard.

Jovaag finished with 18 points. Freshman guard Drew Patrick added nine points, while sophomore guard Alex Davis and Courson both tallied eight. Purdy totaled seven points and finished with a team-high eight rebounds.

The 5-1 Petrels try to recover from their first loss of the season Wednesday night, when they travel across town to take on rival Emory in the Woodruff PE Center on their campus. The game will tip-off at approximately 8 p.m.

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