The Oglethorpe men's basketball team got back on track Friday night at the Lon Varnell Classic in Sewanee, Tenn., defeating Toccoa Falls, 94-71, ending their two-game losing streak and improving to 6-2 on the season.
The Petrels jumped out early against the team from Toccoa Falls, going on a 24-5 run early in the game to open up a 34-11 lead. They then ended the half on a 14-5 run and carried a 25-point lead into the break, 55-30.
The Petrels more or less maintained the lead throughout the second half. They did lead by as many as 35 points in the half, their largest lead coming off of an Alex Davis jumper with 13:36 left. Toccoa Falls went on a run to get the Oglethorpe lead down to 19 points with 3:29 remaining, but it wasn't enough to seriously threaten the Petrels, who would cruise to the 23-point victory.
The Petrels outrebounded Toccoa Falls 47-34 over the course of the contest, and distributed 19 assists to the opponent's nine. Oglethorpe outshot Toccoa Falls 49-to-40 percent, and made 35 percent of their three-point attempts.
Senior guard Branden Jovaag finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 5-of-9 three-point shooting. He also added three steals. Center Jordan Kinney poured in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine boards, leading the team in the latter stat. Senior forward Price Hamilton scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and senior guard Christian Molinet finished with a game-high nine assists.
The 6-2 Petrels will conclude their interests in the Lon Varnell Classic on Saturday, when they take on Boyce in Sewanee at 3 p.m. Eastern time.