LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- On "White-Out" Night inside Barnes Physical Education Center, the Covenant men's basketball team went white hot shooting the ball as they blew past Sewanee 73-55 on Wednesday night.
Covenant shot a season-best 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field and 16-of-22 from the foul line to move to 2-1 overall on the year. Sewanee suffers its first defeat of the season as they fall to 2-1.
The Scots received a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds from Colton McGriff. McGriff was 5-of-10 from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe on the night. Guards Micah Turner and Ben Phelps each recorded 10 points. Turner went a perfect 4-of-4 shooting, while Phelps was the spark plug off the bench with two 3-pointers in 13 minutes of action.
Covenant also shared the ball extremely well as they tallied 15 assists, also a season-best, on its 25 made field goals. Nate Frierson led the way with a game-high six assists, while McGriff added four of his own.
The tone was set early on in the first half as Covenant made baskets on its first four possesssions of the game to take a 10-5 lead. Chris Boyd hit a jumper on the intial possesion of the game and was followed by a 3-pointer by Jake DeLaney and consecutive buckets from McGriff and Frierson.
After the intial burst from Covenant, Sewanee gained a one-point lead on a couple occasions within the first five minutes of the first half. A layup from Z Arima gave the Scots a 17-15 lead, one they would not surrender, with 11:36 left in the first half. Covenant ended the half on a 17-6 scoring run to take a 32-21 lead.
The scoring spurt continued for the Scots in the second half as they scored 12 of the first 13 points, capped by a 3-ball from Turner, giving Covenant a comfortable 44-22 lead. In all, from the 11:36 mark of the first half to the 14:08 point of the second half, Covenant outscored Sewanee 29-7.
From there, Covenant would ease to the victory as Sewanee never threatened.
Sewanee's Jorden Williams led the Tigers with 23 points, while Keshonn Carter grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Leo Born was the only other Tiger in double digits as he registered 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Covenant held Sewanee to 32.8 percent (19-of-58) shooting from the floor and 4-of-25 from downtown. The Scots held a 23-8 edge in points off the bench as Phelps and Arima accounted for 18 of those. Covenant also had a 26-16 margin in points in the paint. Sewanee did outrebound the Scots 37-31.
The Scots will try to make it two in a row on Saturday when they host Millsaps at 4 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women's game beginning at 2 p.m.