SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Mitchell Hollis scored a career-high 29 points and the Covenant men's basketball team overcame a double-digit second half deficit to defeat Sewanee, 71-62, on Saturday night in the finale of the Lon Varnell Classic.
The win was the first for Covenant (2-0) at Sewanee since 2013 and it is the first time since the 2016-17 season that the Scots have started the year 2-0.
Hollis had a career night as he poured in a game-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting with six 3-pointers. Will Crumly was held to 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, but still recorded a double-double with his 12 rebounds. Chris Barnette also scored a dozen points to go with four assists and two steals.
Covenant trailed at the half, 34-27, and then fell behind by 12 early in the second half. The Scots went on a 16-4 run over a span of three minutes to tie the game at 48 apiece after a Hollis 3-pointer at the 12:55 mark.
A Crumly triple with 10:51 left gave the Scots a 53-51 lead and sparked a 9-0 run that lasted over four minutes of play as Covenant grabbed a 59-51 edge. The Scots opened up a double-digit lead of their own late in the half as a Barnette layup made it 64-53 with 4:11 remaining. Sewanee got within five late, but the Scots held off the comeback attempt.
Covenant shot 49 percent (24-of-49) from the field with 11 3-pointers and a 12-for-17 effort at the foul line. The Scots also outrebounded the host Tigers, 35-31.
Sewanee (1-1) was led by Joey Knox's 18 points, while Ryan Starr had 14 and Adrian Thomas just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. The Tigers connected on 39.6 percent (21-of-53) from the floor and were limited to 30 percent (6-of-20) shooting from distance.
Covenant will have 10 days off before opening up the home portion of its schedule against Birmingham Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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