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Pirates survive scare to remain undefeated in SCAC

Pirates survive scare to remain undefeated in SCAC

Colorado College brought all they had and pressed the Pirates hard, but SU prevailed with a 72-68 win on Friday night in the Robertson Center to move to 2-0 in the SCAC.

Colorado hung close early, but Southwestern's deep and talented bench quickly mounted a nine point lead, 23-14, with 11:16 to play in the half.

The Tigers continued to fight and got within four, 26-22, with seven minutes to play and SU's inability to make layups kept Colorado not only in the game, but within one possession of tying, 32-29, with just under three minutes remaining.

When the halftime buzzer sounded, Southwestern held on to a slim three point advantage, 36-33. Jordan Owens led with 11 first half points and Annie Bourne chipped in nine with six rebounds.

After back-to-back Pirate turnovers the Tigers took their first lead of the game, 39-38, on a jumper from Courtney Tyus with 16:32 on the clock.

As the clock rolled under eight minutes, the Pirates still faced a three point deficit, 56-53. Back-to-back layups from Valerie Logan and Olivia Podaras evened the count, 57-57, with 6:29 to play. Madison Eschle's layup handed the lead back to the Pirates with just over five minutes remaining and SU never looked back, fending of the Tiger's final push to win 72-68.

Owens led all scorers with 24 points on 9-18 shooting from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Southwestern shot 41.5% from the field and 30% from long range and got 44 points in the paint. Colorado posted near identical percentages from the field and three point range, but managed just 52.4% from the free throw line in the loss. Danielle Davis led the Tigers with 21 points.

With a game-high 9 rebounds, Bourne moves closer to snagging second place in the SCAC in career rebounds. She is 27 shy with 982 of current #2, Krista Prato Matthews of Trinity, who posted 1009 in her career.

Southwestern improves to 4-9 on the year and 2-0 in the SCAC while Colorado College falls to 2-12 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Pirates remain at home to face Centenary College on Saturday for a 4pm tipoff.