Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oglethorpe Soars to Men's Final Four

Just like their first meeting this season, Oglethorpe had a lead on Colorado College at halftime. However the Stormy Petrels were able to hang on and survive the Tigers' rally and advanced to teh SCAC semifinals with a back and forth 61-58 win.

In a matchup of arguably two of the best players in the SCAC in Colorado College's Nick Rose and Oglethorpe's Todd Ward, it was Ward's Petrels who secured the win. Oglethorpe had a 39-30 lead with 12:09 to play only to see Colorado College mount a comeback similar to the teams' regular season meeting back on Jan. 21. This time Oglethorpe was able to hold on for the win, unlike in the previous meeting.

The Stormy Petrels (15-11, 10-6 SCAC) shot a blistering 61.5 percent (8-of-13) in the second half as seniors Joe Kennedy and Ward combined to score 32 of the teams' 61 points. Ward added seven rebounds and now needs just six rebounds to tie and seven to break the all-time SCAC career rebounding record. Also scoring in double-figures for Oglethorpe was Alex Richey (12 points) and Andrew Steioff (11 points).

Colorado College was led by Rose's 18 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on 7-of-17 shooting. Freshman Ryan Milne added 16 points on 6-of-11 including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Ben Foley had a solid all around game for the Tigers (14-12, 10-6 SCAC) as he scored nine points, dished out six assists, did not committ a turnover and totaled two rebounds.

Oglethorpe advances to the SCAC semifinals on Saturday, February 26 where they will square off against division rival and No. 1 seed Centre College. The Stormy Petrels will make just its second-ever appearance in the SCAC semifinals and the program's first semifinal appearance since Oglethorpe lost in the championship game in 2004.

After the game SCAC Sports Information Director caught up with both head coaches along with senior guard Joe Kennedy of Oglethorpe.

To listen to Colorado College head coach Andy Partee, click here.

To listen to senior guard Joe Kennedy of Oglethorpe, click here.

To listen to Oglethorpe head c0ach Phil Ponder, click here.

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