DANVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2019) – After a thrilling win by host Centre, and behind the second most points in tournament history from Luke Smith of Sewanee, the Colonels and Tigers are set to play in the 2019 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Men's Basketball Tournament Championship game, Sunday.
No. 1 seeded Centre and No. 3 seeded Sewanee are scheduled to tipoff at 3:00 p.m. (EST) inside Alumni Gymnasium.
Semifinal - Centre 75, Oglethorpe 72
Centre earned its bid into the title game after topping Oglethorpe, 75-72, in the opening semifinal game. The Colonels were led by Tucker Sine, who had 19 points, and Perry Ayers, who pitched in 18 points. Centre erased a five-point halftime deficit by making 41.4 percent of its shots the final 20 minutes. The Colonels took the lead for good when Ayers make two free throws with 1:27 left.
Oglethorpe had late free throws that could have put the Stormy Petrels ahead, however, multiple attempts failed.
Semifinal - Sewanee 70, Berry 63
In the nightcap, Sewanee led from start to finish as the Tigers defeated second-seeded Berry, 70-63. Smith paced Sewanee with 40 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. The Tiger guard ranks only second behind Caleb Johnson of Berry, who scored an SAA record 45 points in the 2018 Championship game.
On Saturday, Smith finished 10-for-14 overall and 8-of-11 from beyond the three-point line.
Sewanee and Centre split their two regular season games. Centre won in overtime in Danville while the Tigers earned a victory in Sewanee.