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.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com