Three Beavers scored in double digits but the 9-1 Centre College triumphed 86-72 in a thrilling battle Tuesday afternoon in the final game for Blackburn in the Rhodes College Tournament.
BC started strong, burying two three-pointers in the first four minutes of gameplay thanks to stellar shooting from junior guard Raushaun Amos (St. Louis, Missouri / Soldan) in his second start of the season.
Amos scored eight of the Beavers first 17 points of the game to help Blackburn lead 17-15 with 10:04 remaining.
The next four-and-a-half minutes would be Centre’s time to shine as they went on a strong 15-4 run tipped off by Perry Ayers three-pointer at the 5:27 mark.
The finals minutes of the first half would continue to be in favor of Centre as a jump shot by Bailey Rakes gave the Colonels a 17-point lead to go into halftime with the score being 46-29.
Centre shot well in the first half going 15 of 27 from the field while shooting a remarkable 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. Blackburn shot a poor 33.3 percent from both the field and deep. The Colonels hustled hard on the boards coming away with 18 total, 13 of which were offensive boards, whilst BC only had 10 total.
Centre continued to heat up shooting 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from the field in the second half but the Beavers would outscore the Colonels 43-40. It wasn’t enough however as Centre came away with its 9th win of the season.
Centre’s Tucker Sine finished with a game-high 20 points as one of five Colonels in double figures, four of which were starters. Rakes and Ayers followed with 12 points each, Jacob Bates added 10, and Dustin Gerald also chipped in 10.
Centre outscored BC, 19-12, off second-chance points.
Karson Hayes (Little Rock, Arkansas / John L McClellan) made 5 of 14 field goals, one 3-pointer and went 6 of 8 at the free throw line. He led the Beavers in scoring for the eighth time this season and scored double figures for the 10th time in 10 starts.
Amos scored 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field and knocked down 4 of 6 three-pointers. He also had four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
The Beavers shot 39.0 percent (23 of 59) for the night and held Centre under 40 percent (37.0, 10 of 27) from long range.
UP NEXT: The Blackburn Men’s team return to action Dec. 30, at 4:00 p.m., playing Loras College at home.