VIDEO: In the final 13 seconds of regulation play against Millsaps, Thomas Britt '08 makes an impossible basket to tie the game.
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DANVILLE, KY—Centre's match up with 18th-ranked Millsaps on Friday the 25th proved to be one of the most riveting Colonel basketball triumphs in recent memory. Both teams stepped onto the courts as the last undefeated teams in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, but the Colonels pulled off a victory that now leaves them the only undefeated team in the SCAC.
The first half saw both teams evenly matched, heading to the locker room 33-32, Millsaps. In the second half, however, the Colonels played catch up as the Millsap Majors took a 54-48 lead with under 10 minutes in the half remaining. The Colonels battled back to tie the game at 54, only to see the Majors go back in front and push the lead to seven points (71-64) with 0:42 left on the clock.
As the Colonels and Majors each put forth their best efforts, it looked as though Millsaps would walk away with victory (75-72) when with only 0:00.3 on the clock, senior Thomas Britt found a way to get an off-balance three-point shot off from the top of the key and nailed it to tie the game.
The Colonels easily handled the Majors during the extra period to take the game with a final score of 90-80. The win was especially sweet for Britt who scored a career-high 31 points in the game.
Concluding the weekend on a high note, the Centre College men's basketball team continued to extend its winning streak defeating Hendrix College 69-59 in a SCAC game, Sunday, Jan. 27 in Alumni Gymnasium.
The Colonels, who have now won 16 straight games this season, and 23 straight home games dating back to last season, improved to 16-1 overall in Division III and 8-0 in the SCAC. Centre has also now won 16 straight games over SCAC opponents including conference tournament games in 2006-07.
The basketball team will play Trinity and Southwestern on the first and second of February respectively at 9:00 EST. Both games are "away," but the Colonels look forward to extending their SCAC winning streak even further.
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