Men's Basketball Falls to Maryville on Day 1 of Lee Richter Classic in LaGrange

Men's Basketball Falls to Maryville on Day 1 of Lee Richter Classic in LaGrange

The Oglethorpe men's basketball team had a tough day Saturday at the Lee Richter Classic in LaGrange, falling to Maryville (Tennessee) 81-52 to fall to 2-2 on the season. The Stormy Petrels were held to just 32 percent shooting from the field in the defeat, while the Scots shot 54 percent, making 14 more shots than the Petrels. In addition, Maryville converted on 52 percent of their three-point attempts, while the Petrels did so on just 25 percent of theirs.

Oglethorpe outrebounded their opponent 37-33, but the Scots outscored them 10-6 in second chance points. The Petrels turned the ball over 16 times while Maryville gave it away just nine times, and the Scots outscored them 25-5 off of those turnovers. They also outscored the Petrels 30-14 off the bench.

Junior forward Will Perry led the Petrels with 20 points on 7-of-12 from the field overall, 2-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the foul line. Sophomore center Stefan Britvar led the team with 8 rebounds while scoring 3 points. Freshman guard Lane Foster led the squad with 3 assists, while senior guard Connor Smith led with 2 steals.

The Scots jumped out to a big lead with an 18-0 run over a four-minute stretch. Perry hit three shots in a row to make the score 18-10 with 12:45 remaining in the half, but Maryville continued on their run with a 21-7 stretch over the remainder of the half to build a 44-23 advantage at the halftime break.

In the second half, Maryville continued with a 27-17 stretch to build their largest lead of the contest, 73-43, with 6:18 remaining in the game. The Petrels went on an 8-4 spurt to cut the Maryville advantage to 77-51 with 4:26 on the clock, but the Scots pushed their advantage back out to 29 points over the final four minutes of the contest.

The Petrels will look to recover quickly, as they take on hosts LaGrange on Day 2 of the Lee Richter Classic Sunday at 4 p.m. After that, they'll welcome Berry to Dorough Field House for their first SAA contest of the season Wednesday at 8 p.m., before heading up to Demorest next weekend for a non-conference battle with Piedmont on Sunday.