The Hendrix College men’s basketball team held off a late run by Millsaps College for a 69-66 victory at Grove Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
The win was the first Southern Athletic Association win for the Warriors (6-11, 1-5).
After leading 36-30 at halftime, Hendrix expanded its lead to 57-42 with 5:19 to play. The Majors (3-14, 1-5) began chipping away at the lead on back-to-back three-point plays from Ryan Berger and Tully Gilligan, followed by another pair of free throws by Gilligan, making the game 57-50 with 3:59 left.
A layup by Warrior forward Colton Primm with 1:33 pushed the lead to 65-55. , A 3-pointer and a basket by Major guard Murray Kastner cut the deficit to 65-60 with 34 seconds remaining. Hendrix freshman guard Drew Nikolovski made four three throws, while Gilligan hit a free throw and a bucket over the next 24 seconds, making the game 69-63 in the Warriors’ favor. Kastner hit a -pointer with .5 seconds remaining to make Hendrix’ winning edge three points.
The Warriors shot a season-best 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field. They also went 4-of-17 from outside and 15-of-23 at the foul line. The Majors shot 38 percent (24-of-63) overall, 5-of-17 from 3-point range and 13-of-23 at the free-throw line. Millsaps also had a 38-35 rebounding advantage, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds which led to 25 second chance points.
Primm led Hendrix with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. Sophomore forward Luke Vance had 15 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Jaren Riley added eight points and tied his career-high with six assists. Freshman guard Jordan Taulton scored a season-best eight points, as did Nikolovski. Sophomore guard Nathan McCubbin dished out four assists, had two blocks and a steal.
Hendrix will travel to Centre College in Danville, Ky. for an SAA game on Friday.