Daily Staff Report - firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting Centenary College claimed the 2012 BB&T Tip-Off Championship with an 80-69 men's basketball victory over Shenandoah on Friday evening.
The Gents (2-0) outscored SU (1-1) by 11 points on the line and had a six-rebound advantage that resulted in a six-point bulge (19-13) in second-chance points.
Shenandoah jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the opening 9:20 of the contest, only to see Centenary score 10 of the game's next 12 points in just 1:47 to get back into it.
Jared Carithers snapped this string with a 3-pointer at 8:09, but the Gents reeled off a 9-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
A Corey Bedford layup cut the SU deficit to five points, 30-25, but that was as close as Shenandoah got the rest of the way.
The lead eventually expanded out to 20 points midway through the second half before the Hornets made one last run in an attempt to get into the contest.
SU outscored its visitors 15-6 from the 8:27 to 4:46 marks, but could get no closer.
Centenary had a double-digit lead for the final 3:30.
Tournament MVP Jonathan Blount led the victors with a game-high 23 points; he scored a total of 50 points in the two-game tourney.
Blount was joined on the all-tournament team by Centenary's Brett Bell and Caden Cheramie, the latter of which had 16 points and the former 11 points with 12 rebounds.
Junior Bryce Mitchell, with 14 points, and Sharif Almulla were the Hornets' representatives to the all-tournament team.
Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday and Wednesday at the South Region Shootout hosted by N.C. Wesleyan.