Scots Claim Comeback Win Over Visiting Rhodes

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The wins just keep piling up for the Covenant men's basketball team.

Colton McGriff's short jumper put the Scots up late and Covenant then survived two good 3-point looks from Rhodes as they came away with a 55-53 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Lynx on Tuesday evening.

The win is Covenant's fifth in a row and seventh out of its last eight games as the Scots move to 8-4 on the year. The eight wins match all of last season's total. Rhodes drops to 8-6 overall.

The last time a Covenant team had a similar win streak was in 2005-06 when the Scots won eight out of 11 games during one point in the season.

Trailing 53-50 with 3:11 remaining, the Scots created a Rhodes turnover and converted on the other end with Joey Danek's dunk to cut the Lynx's lead to 53-52 with 2:01 left. Rhodes had a chance to extend its small lead, but could not and Covenant took the lead for good on McGriff's jumper with 55 ticks remaining.

Rhodes' Theo Hartwell missed a pair of free-throws on the Lynx's next possession and Sam Bowman came up with the rebound off the second miss. Rhodes immediately fouled Bowman and the senior was able to knock one of the two free-throws down to make it 55-53 with 41 seconds left.

That set the stage for the final moments. Rhodes' Drew Miller missed a 3-pointer and Patrick McGrail also missed a 3 ball with just a few seconds left. A mad scramble ensued for McGrail's miss and the Scots were awarded possession off a jump ball with 0.6 left on the clock. Covenant was able to use a long outlet pass to drain the remaining time and secure the hard-fought win.

T.J. Cox led the Scots with 13 points and three assists, while McGriff added 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Danek chipped nine points and four rebounds. Bowman grabbed nine rebounds and scored five points.

Rhodes' John Dunavant led all scorers with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and dished out three assists. Andrew Galow, Rhodes' leading scorer coming into the contest, added 12 points. Hartwell tallied seven points and seven rebounds in the loss.

After a back-and-forth first half, Rhodes took a 30-28 lead going into the break. The Scots trailed 9-4 early on, but then used an 11-0 scoring run to take a 15-9 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the half.

The second half began with another scoring spurt by the Scots. Covenant scored the first eight points of the period, capped by a Danek free-throw. Rhodes would answer and neither team would lead by more than six the rest of the way.

Covenant shot 41.7 percent (20-48) from the field and turned the ball over just 10 times. The Scots went 12-of-16 from the foul line and outrebounded the Lynx 32-29. Rhodes shot slightly better at 42.2 percent (19-45), but were 8-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Covenant returns to play on Thursday when they host Berry College at 8 p.m. Covenant and Berry met earlier this season with the Vikings taking a 59-50 win. The Lady Scots will also be in action against Berry with tip-time at 6 p.m.

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