Centre men's basketball team wins SCAC championship
March 1, 2010
after defeating DePauw University 60-56 on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Sophomore Alex Lloyd was named the 2009-2010 SCAC Defensive
Player of the Year.
In the SCAC preseason poll, Centre was picked to win the conference for a second straight year, despite the fact that they had lost much talent from the 2008-2009 team.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Colonels proved the preseason predictions correct, becoming conference champions after defeating DePauw University 60-56 in Jackson, Miss.
The DePauw Tigers came out of the gate fighting and took an early lead. They would build their lead up to as many as four points.
Both teams shot well in the first half; Centre was 44 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the free throw line, while DePauw was 55 percent from the floor and 100 percent from the free throw line.
Though there were several lead changes during the second half, strong shooting from Centre’s men led to their 60-56 victory.
In the end, the Colonels shot 35 percent from the floor and 64 percent from the free throw line. DePauw shot 50 percent from the floor and they went nine for nine from the free throw line.
Jeff Mullaney ’12 led Centre in scoring with 19 points. Alex Lloyd ’11, the 2009-2010 SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, shone for the Colonels on the defensive end, as he had 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Danny Noll ’10 and Bryon Ellis each had two assists.
The Centre men's basketball team had three players receive All-SCAC awards. Besides being named the 2009-2010 SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Lloyd was named an All-SCAC Honorable Mention member. Noll was named to the 2009-2010 All-SCAC First Team, while Mullaney was named to the All-SCAC Second Team.
After a six-game winning streak, the Centre women fell to DePauw 63-37 in the SCAC championship game on Sunday, Feb. 28. The women finished the season with an overall record of 19-8 and a 14-5 record in the SCAC, their best season since 2000-2001 (when Centre went 22-6 and won the conference). For the second year in a row and for the fourth time since the 2000 season, the Colonels won 10 or more conference games.
The Centre men advanced to the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament but fell to the Eastern Mennonite University Royals 63-53 on Friday, March 5.