Saturday, February 28, 2009

Centre Survives Hendrix 78-77; Advances to Fourth Straight SCAC Final

Centre College's Chris Gowers practiced it growing up as a youngster. In fact, every basketball player dreams of scenario. Down one with just four second remaining Gowers calmly sank two free throws to give the No. 1 East seeded Colonels a 78-77 win over the No. 2 West seeded Hendirx College Warriors in SCAC semifinal action.

In arguably one the the best SCAC Tournament basketball games in the seven year history of the tournament, the Colonels withstood 16 ties and 24 lead changes and a raucous Hendrix home crowd. With the win, Centre penciled a date with the No. 3 West seeded Southwestern Pirates in tomorrows afternoon's SCAC Championship game.

Gowers finished the game with nine points, six rebounds and, where it counted most, was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Teammate Danny Noll, playing much of the second half with four fouls, chipped in with 15 points and was one of three Colonels (Ryan Crowdis 18 points, and Alex Lloyd with 15 points) scoring in double figures.

Playing in his final career game, Hendrix senior standout Andrew King led all scorers with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.

The SCACs Jeff DeBaldo caught up with Centre head coach Greg Mason, junior Danny Noll and sophomore Chris Gowers.

SCAC Sports Information Director Russell Kramer spoke with Hendrix head coach Dan Priest after the game.

To listen to Priest, click here.

To listen to Noll and Gowers, click here.

To listen to Mason, click here.

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