Danville, Ky. – A career night from sophomore guard Devin Twenty was not enough for the Transylvania men's basketball team which fell to the Centre College Colonels by the final score of 71-63 at Alumni Gymnasium on Monday night.
Twenty led the Pioneers with a career-high 18 points on 7 for 14 shooting from the floor to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. The sophomore also excelled on the defensive end of the court, drawing two charges in the loss.
Also posting a career-high was sophomore forward Lucas Gentry, who tallied nine points on 3 for 5 shooting from three-point range. Gentry grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes of work off the bench for Transylvania.
Momentum shifted back and forth between the two arch-rivals early in the game, leading to a 9-8 advantage for the Pioneers following a layup by sophomore forward Dominique Turner at the 14:12 mark of the first half.
Centre responded with a 7-0 run to take an 18-10 lead over the Pioneers. The Colonels then pushed their lead to 25-14, the largest deficit Transylvania faced in the first half.
However, the Pioneers fought back with a 13-2 run of their own over the over the final four minutes of the half to level the score at 27-27 going into the halftime break.
The two teams traded baskets early in the second half before the Colonels took control of the game for good with an 18-9 run. The Centre lead swelled to a game-high 15 points with just 4:51 remaining in the game.
With the clock winding down, Transylvania turned up the defensive pressure to force four Centre turnovers over the final four minutes of the game. The Colonels' turnovers, along with 11 points from Twenty allowed the Pioneers to pull within six points twice in the game's final minutes.
However, Centre held on for the 71-63 victory, thwarting the Pioneers' heroic comeback attempt.
The Colonels imposed their will inside throughout the night, outscoring the Pioneers 34-22 in the paint, while Transylvania held a commanding 45-23 advantage in bench points.
Up next the Pioneers will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday, November 24 in the opening round of the Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Invitational. Tip-off between the Pioneers and the Continentals is set for 1:00 p.m. at Skibo Gymnasium.
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