Centenary rallied from a 10-point deficit with less than three minutes to play, taking advantage of back-to-back-to-back turnovers by the Mountaineer offense but a pair of free throws by senior Jared Thompson averted the ugly collapse and earned Schreiner a 90-89 home win in their SCAC opener.
SU held a slight 41-37 lead at halftime and built the lead in the second half. The Mountaineers were strong on the boards (40-32 advantage), shot 52 percent from the field, nearly 80 percent from the charity stripe but were hurt by 21 turnovers which allowed Centenary the chance to make a charge.
Thompson finished with 21 points to go with eight rebounds while senior Wes Miller poured in 24 with six boards off the bench. Sophomore Keenan Gumbs had 13 points with six rebounds and six assists while junior Blake Kelley added 11 points and six rebounds.
Late Run Gives Schreiner Women a Win in SCAC Opener
Schreiner Women’s Basketball ended the game with an 11-4 run to rally from a two-point deficit to a 68-63 win in its SCAC opener vs. Centenary on Friday evening. The Mountaineers led after every quarter but still had to rally late to gain the victory.
It was a 15-8 lead after one quarter and a 31-20 margin in favor of Schreiner at halftime. In the second half, the Ladies found their offense and exploded for 24 points in the third quarter but still trailed 52-44 with 10 minutes to go. In the final quarter, CC kept cutting into the deficit and took a brief 59-57 lead after a pair of free throws by Linda Gomez Gil.
Led by seniors Sabriyyah Fennell (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Codi Simmons (18 points, five rebounds), SU came roaring back to close the game out. Junior Jordyn Villa scored 10 points with five big points coming in the closing stretch.
The Mountaineers host Austin College on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Event Center on SU’s campus.