DANVILLE, Ky. -- The Covenant men's basketball team cut a double-digit second half deficit to just six, but host Centre used another big run to pull away for a 78-58 victory over the Scots on Saturday night inside Alumni Gym.
The loss snaps a three-game win streak for Covenant (3-1) to open the season. Centre moves to 4-1 overall.
Will Crumly had 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting and added four rebounds in the loss. Crumly was joined in double-figure scoring by Chris Barnette who scored 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Zack Allen added nine points, while Noah Oetjen came off the bench to grab a team-high nine rebounds and six points.
Covenant trailed by eight (38-30) at the half and saw the deficit grow to 14 at 49-35 with 15:32 left in the second. The Scots used a 9-1 run over a span of three-and-a-half minutes that brought the visitors to within 50-44. Barnette scored five of his points on the night during the run, including a 3-pointer that capped the spurt.
Centre had an answer and put together a run that sealed the win for the host Colonels. A 7-0 run, finished off with a free throw from Dawson Crump, gave Centre a 57-44 lead with 8:53 remaining. The Colonels extended the lead over the final minutes to as many as 22.
Covenant suffered from a tough shooting night as the Scots connected on 37.9 percent (22-of-58) with an 8-for-30 line from downtown.
The Scots did hold a lead in the first half. Covenant led 21-18 after a 3-pointer from Oetjen and a basket from Crumly. Centre ended the half outscoring the Scots 20-9 to take a 38-30 lead into the break.
Jacob Bates scored a game-high 25 points to lead Centre, while adding a team-best nine rebounds. Crump scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Perry Ayers added 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Centre's shooting throughout the night proved to be too much for the Scots to overcome as the Colonels hit 52.7 percent (29-of-55) overall with a 12-of-17 performance at the foul line. Centre outrebounded the Scots, 36-31.
Covenant will travel to Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday to take on No. 6-ranked Emory. Tip-off at the Woodruff PE Center is set for 7 p.m.
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