Friday, February 26, 2010

Trinity Overcomes Late Seven Point Deficit to Earn Quarterfinal win over Oglethorpe

Trinity University, the #2W seeded team, used a huge performance from junior forward Luke Caldarera to beat #3E Oglethorpe University, 61-52 in an SCAC quarterfinal.

Caldarera scored 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting and fell one rebound shy of a double-double in the winning effort. The junior made a number of closely defended and clutch shots to help the Tigers erase a seven point Stormy Petrel lead with 6:48 remaining in the game.

The lead changed four 10 times and was tied on four separate occasions as both teams struggled shooting all afternoon. Trinity actually shot better from beyond the arc (36.4 percent) than they did from the field overall (24.1 percent) in the first half.
After Oglethorpe forced a 10-second violation, the Stormy Petrels got 3-pointers from Alex Richey and David Allison to increase its lead led to seven, 49-42 with just under seven minutes to play.

Trinity then responded with an 8-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to take a 53-52 lead and did not relinquish it the remainder of the game.

The Tigers' Michael Tobolowsky scored 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting (2-for-5 from beyond the arc).

Oglethorpe was led by Wade Weldon's nine points and Richey's seven. Four Petrels (Todd Ward, Allison, Erik Strong and E.C. Williams) scored six points. Oglethorpe held an 18-7 edge in bench points and out-rebounded Trinity 38-36.

After the contest SCAC Director of Sports Information Jeff DeBaldo caught up with both head coaches.

To listen to Oglethorpe head coach Phil Ponder, click here.

To listen to Trinity head coach Pat Cunningham, click here.

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