Jacob Bates hits game-winner as Centre escapes Transy, 58-57

Perry Ayers led the Colonels with 17 points

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Centre Athletics) – For the second game in a row Jacob Bates had his number called in the final seconds, and the senior once again delivered, capping a thrilling 58-57 victory against rival Transylvania Wednesday evening in the Clive M. Beck Center.

With just 4.6 on the clock and Centre trailing by one, Bates dribbled down the lane and laid in the game-winner. It came less than a week after his last-second bucket in a 77-76 upset at Wabash last Thursday evening.

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The Colonels (3-1) escaped the raucous environment to earn their seventh win against the Pioneers (3-1) in the past eight meetings.

Perry Ayers led the visitors with 17 points, while Bates (12 points) and Art Walker (10) also finished in double figures.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com