Centre defeated the Hendrix men and women in mirror-image basketball games Friday night on Cliff Garrison Court.
The Colonels, with both teams battling for the lead in the Southern Athletic Association, jumped to big early lead in both contests, built comfortable halftime leads and were never seriously challenged.
The Colonels (14-3, 7-0) ran up a 28-7 lead in the first 12 minutes on the way to winning their eighth straight game, 71-55, to stay atop the SAA standings. Hendrix, which shot 25.1 percent the first half, fell to 8-10, 2-5.
The Warriors, who attacked more on offense and defense the second half, drew within 47-33 with 13:01 left on a 3-pointer by Hank Aldous. but Centre answered with a basket by Donovan Whiteside (17 points) and kept the Warriors with the 16- to 18-point range most of the rest of the way.
Hendrix’s Jordan Barrett scored all eight of his points within a three-minute spurt late in the second half to draw Hendrix with 61-49 with 2:36 remaining. The Colonels responded with a layin by Blake Scinta off a length-of-the-court inbounds pass and held steady from there.
The Colonels, who shot 46.9 percent the first half and 45.6 percent the second half, had 10 blocks and 10 steals. Hendrix shot 35.5 percent, including three of 15 from 3-point range.
The Warriors’ Colton Primm, who entered the game 19 points shy of 1,000 career points, was held to four points on two-of-12 shooting.
In the women’s game, Centre (12-6, 7-1), which entered the game tied for first in the conference with Rhodes, led almost wire to wire in a 66-49 victory.
In falling behind by 19 in the first half, the Warriors (7-11, 1-6) shot 21.9 percent (seven of 32) and finished 29.8 percent for the game.
The Colonels had a 16-3 advantage in points off turnovers, 25-6 in bench points and 30-16 on points in the paint.
Paige Baechle had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Centre.
Caitlyn Kriesel-Bigler had 13 to lead the Warriors. Taylor Neal added 12 and Jamie Tate 10 and 11 rebounds.
Hendrix teams host Sewanee-University of the South beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.