Men's Basketball Blows Out Hendrix, Matches Team's Best Start in Modern Era

Men's Basketball Blows Out Hendrix, Matches Team's Best Start in Modern Era

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team routed Hendrix Friday night at Dorough Field House, outscoring them by 21 points in the second half and cruising home for an 86-55 win.

The win improves the Petrels to 10-3 on the season, matching the program's best record after 13 games since joining NCAA Division III in 1991. The 1993-94 SCAC championship team was the other Oglethorpe men's basketball squad to start 10-3 in the modern era. Oglethorpe also now sits at 2-0 in SAA play.

The game was tied 8-8 five minutes in, but the Petrels went on a 21-6 run over the next 10 minutes to grab a 15-point lead. Hendrix went on a 7-2 run of their own to end the half and the Petrels led by 10 points, 31-21, at the break.

However, the Petrels ran the visiting Warriors off the floor in the second half. Over the first four minutes of the half, they went on a 16-7 run to extend their lead to 19 points. Hendrix stuck around for awhile, cutting the lead back to 12 with 12:37 remaining, 49-37. That was as close as they would get, though.

Over the latter portion of the second half, the Petrels embarked on a 17-2 run that buried the Warriors, giving Oglethorpe an 85-50 lead, their largest of the game, with 1:45 remaining. The Petrels easily closed out the victory from there.

The Petrels shot 50 percent to Hendrix's 38 and shot 36 percent from beyond-the-arc to Hendrix's 27. They committed just 10 turnovers to the visiting side's 25. They outscored Hendrix 46-28 in the paint, 27-4 off turnovers, 14-7 in second-chance points, 17-8 on the fast break, and 38-4 off the bench.

Senior guard Christian Molinet filled up the stat sheet again, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, passing out six assists, and swiping six steals. Junior forward Tyler Courson had an excellent game off the bench, chipping in 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, and four steals.

The Petrels will next be in action Sunday afternoon, when Rhodes ventures into Dorough Field House. The game will tip-off at approximately 3 p.m., or 30 minutes after the women's game concludes.