Centenary rallies in second half to beat Lipscomb 72-69
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Tyrone Hamilton scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half, including five free throws in the final 54 seconds, to lead Centenary past Lipscomb 72-69 Friday night.
Centenary used a 17-2 run to get back into the game after trailing by 11, then scored seven straight points down the stretch to take the lead for good after its leading scorer for most of the game, Nick Stallings, fouled out with 4:32 left.
Stallings finished with 21 points for the Gents, who advanced to Saturday night’s championship game in Iowa State’s Cyclone Challenge. Jason Hopkins scored 14 for Lipscomb in the sloppy opener, which had 54 fouls—27 by each team—and 50 turnovers, 30 by Lipscomb.
Lipscomb was leading 67-64 when Centenary’s Chase Adams made a free throw, then fed Jerrald Bonham for a dunk to tie it at 67. Hamilton made four of six free throws, the first after Hopkins fouled him 20 feet from the basket with under a minute to play, to make it 71-67.
Brandon Brown’s follow shot drew Lipscomb to 71-69, but only 2 seconds remained and Hamilton made a final free throw to finish it off.
Bonham added 13 for Centenary, while Jimmy Oden scored 13 for Lipscomb. Thomas Pfaff had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bisons.
Centenary’s big second-half run erased a 48-37 Lipscomb lead. Stallings scored seven points in that stretch and Hamilton contributed a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer.