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Colonels cruise past Boyce in lopsided 97-56 victory

Colonels cruise past Boyce in lopsided 97-56 victory

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre men's basketball rebounded from two straight defeats Saturday inside Alumni Gymnasium, dropping visiting Boyce College 97-56 in the final home game of the calendar year.

Members of the National Christian College Athletic Association, the Bulldogs (0-11) could not keep up with the host Colonels (3-5), who totaled their season-high 97 points on a 30-for-62 (48.4%) shooting effort.

Sophomore Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) led all scorers with a career-best 20 points, draining 6 of 11 from long range.

Centre's second unit – led by Walker, junior Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) – sparked a first-half run that allowed the Colonels to create separation.

Trailing 11-7 roughly five minutes in, the Colonels reeled off a 15-0 run to take command. Bates scored seven during the stretch.

The Colonels remained in control the rest of the half, which was capped by a traditional 3-point play from sophomore Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) that made the score 50-30.

It was much of the same in the second half, as the Colonels would out-score their guests 47-26 over the final 20 minutes. Centre held Boyce to just 8 of 23 (34.8%) in the second period after allowing the Bulldogs to shoot above 50 percent in the first.

Walker netted 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second period, knocking down four triples.

Bates finished the game a perfect 5 of 5 from the field while hitting all five free throws, as well, totaling 15 points to go along with six rebounds.

Sophomore Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) followed with 12 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, adding two rebounds, one assist and a block.

Griffin, who came off the bench for the first time this season, had 10 points, three steals, two assists and a block.

Freshman KC Purvis (Louisville, Ky.) hauled in a collegiate-high six rebounds, matching Bates for the team lead.

All told, 13 of 14 Colonels scored at least one basket. Freshman Brayden Jackson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and sophomore Christian Terry (Louisville, Ky.) each recorded their first collegiate points. Rookie Chris West (Olney, Md.) was the lone Colonel not to score, but instead led the team with four assists.

As a team, Centre forced 20 Boyce turnovers, resulting in 27 points. The Colonels also overwhelmed the Bulldogs in bench points (61 to 18) and second chance points (23 to 6).

With the win, Head Coach Greg Mason earned victory No. 350 for his career.

The Colonels have just one day off before hitting the road yet again, traveling to face Earlham Monday at 7 p.m. ET in their sixth away game of the young season.