Centre matches program best 19 3’s in 108-48 win

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DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre men’s basketball tied the program record with 19 3-pointers Friday evening, routing the visiting Hendrix Warriors, 108-48, in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) action inside Alumni Gymnasium.

The Colonels’ 19 triples matches the team’s single-game record originally set back in 2000 against Lynchburg, and reached again in 2016 against Millsaps. Centre’s 33 attempts Friday were fewer than either of those previous efforts, however.

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Their 108 points are the most since scoring 112 once during the 1992 season – which featured current Head Coach Greg Mason as a student-athlete. With last Sunday’s 101-96 win at Rhodes, they also scored 100-plus in consecutive games for the first time ever.

Centre moves to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in-conference, winning six of its last seven while remaining a perfect 5-0 at home. Hendrix, which lost to Centre 98-73 in Conway, Ark., last Friday falls to 4-15 (2-6 SAA).

Although the Warriors scored the game’s first five points, the Colonels wasted little time establishing their dominance from long range.



Centre answered Hendrix’s opening volley with a 24-9 run to open up a double figure lead midway through the first half.

From there, the Colonels went on a remarkable stretch where they hit six consecutive 3-pointers, effectively putting the game out of reach before the halftime break.

They led 55-23 at the half, led by sophomore Art Walker’s (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) 17 points.

Centre kept its hot shooting going in the second half, where it outscored Hendrix by a similar 53-25 margin.

Walker led the team with 20 points in just 20 minutes of playing time, and was followed by sophomore Jacob Bates’ (LaGrange, Ky.) 16-point, nine-rebound effort.

Junior Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) tallied 13 points, and freshman Dawson Crump (Bowling Green, Ky.) scored 10.

In a testament to their well-balanced attack, nine different Colonels hit a 3-pointer – led by Walker’s four – and a dozen Colonels contributed at least one of the team’s season-high 26 assists. Sophomore Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) and freshman Chris West (Olney, Md.) had a four each.

Centre had 58 rebounds to Hendrix’s 31, the most in at least eight years and the first 50-board effort since 2011. Nineteen of the Colonels’ rebounds were offensive, leading to 26 second chance points.

Defensively, the Colonels forced 17 Warriors turnovers, resulting in 28 points, and recorded a season-high 11 steals.

The Colonels face the Rhodes Lynx Sunday at 3 p.m. ET in Alumni Gym. Centre defeated Rhodes in a 101-96 thriller last weekend in Memphis, Tenn.