Centenary Wins Thriller in Tip-Off Tournament
Friday, November 16, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

WINCHESTER, Va.- Centenary opened its regular season with a 72-70 victory over Goucher College Thursday night in the Shenandoah Tip-Off Tournament. Jonathan Blount led all scorers on the night with 27 points, shooting 9 for 22 from the field.

Centenary (1-0) came out strong to start the game by taking a 8-2 lead early on. Goucher answered back quickly and led by as many as nine points in the first half. The Gents kept Goucher in striking distance and narrowed the lead with two three-pointers in the last 47 seconds. Centenary trailed at halftime 33-31.

Goucher took an eight point lead early in the second half. Centenary rallied back to take the lead, 51-50, with 10:57 remaining. Centenary took its largest lead of the second half at six, but Goucher kept the game within a single possession the rest of the way.

Goucher was forced to foul at the end, and Blount knocked down both free throws to bring the Gents’ lead to three. Julian Livingston missed the three pointer that would have tied the game for Goucher, but an offensive board and foul by Centenary kept the Gopher’s hopes alive. After hitting his first free throw, Norman Allen II intentionally missed the second to try for a game winning tip-in. Goucher was unable to get the rebound and Centenary held on to a thrilling two point win.

Caden Cheramie followed Blount in scoring with 15 points, including a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the arc. Jarius Browning also contributed 11 points and led the team with 6 assists. Centenary shot 9 for 27 from behind the three point line. The Gents shot 40.0% from the field.

Brett Bell had a good night defensively, leading the team in rebounds with 8, dishing out 5 assists, and providing the lone team block on the night. Donovan Williams and Cheramie each had 4 rebounds. The team was outrebounded 44-37, but forced 18 turnovers.

Richard Harris led Goucher with 20 points and Trae Lindsay added 11.

Centenary plays in the championship game Friday at 7 pm against Shenandoah.