Warriors get best of Millsaps in a clash top SAA teams

After an impressive win against Birmingham-Southern on Friday, Hendrix looked to stay atop the Southern Athletic Association standings with a huge matchup against Millsaps Sunday afternoon — two teams knotted at the top of the conference standings.

After Millsaps held a 10-point advantage in the opening half, a 12-1 Warrior run helped Hendrix to a 28-27 halftime lead.

Despite Millsaps making a run in the second half, the Warriors outscored the Majors 45-39 in the final 20 minutes of action as Hendrix defeated Millsaps 73-66 in a meaningful game in the SAA standings.

With the win, Hendrix improves to 10-6 on the year with an impressive 4-1 mark in conference play, while Millsaps falls to 11-5 and 3-2 in SAA competition.

Seth Stanley led the way with 25 points, while Jacob Link logged his third double-double of the season (16 points, 10 rebounds).

Despite only scoring five points in the games first nine minutes of play, the Warriors only trailed by 10, 15-5, with 11:02 left in the first half.

A 3-pointer by Sean Coman, two free throws by Coman and a layup by Alex Conrad and a layup by Stanley brought Hendrix with a point, 15-14, with 8:35 to go in the half.

Millsaps grew its lead back out to seven before a trifecta from Stanley, with less than a minute to go, tied the game up at 25.

Jack Eaton's and-one play with nine seconds to go in the opening half turned a Warrior two-point deficit into a one-point advantage for the home team as Hendrix enjoyed the 28-27 lead at the break.

The Majors enjoyed an eight-point cushion with 16:19 left until Hendrix countered on an impressive 13-0 run nearly midway through the second half.

Back-to-back free throws by Link capped off the 13-0 run, which gave Hendrix the 43-38 advantage with 11:44 left.

Eaton found Link for three with 5:10 to go to put Hendrix up nine, 58-49.

It was one of his game-high four assists on the day.

With 2:25 to go, Stanley found Coman from beyond the arc in the left corner as the sophomores helped put Hendrix up by five points, 62-57.

Link hit two crucial free throws with 97 seconds left after Millsaps pulled within three.

After four missed shots on the ensuing possession for the Majors, Conrad hit a free throw to put Hendrix up 65-59 with 39 ticks on the clock left.

Millsaps picked up a technical foul with 26 seconds left.

Hendrix went on to make its final eight free throws of the game as the Warriors picked up the huge 73-66 win over Millsaps.

Stanley shot 6 of 15 from the floor on the day and 10 for 16 from the charity stripe, while also accounting for two assists, two steals and a block.

Link shot 5 of 12 from the floor and 5 of 8 at the free-throw line.

Coman and Eaton added 10 points each, respectively, and combined to shoot 8 of 10 from the free throw mark.

Conrad added seven points off the bench on 2 of 3 shooting and 3 for 4 at the charity stripe.

Carl Fitch registered five points, four rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes of work.

Hendrix shot 19 for 52 (36.5%) from the floor, 7 for 21 (33.3%) from deep and 28 for 40 (70%) from the free-throw line.

The 40 free throw attempts registered Sunday is a new season-high.

With the win at home, Hendrix now improves to 7-1 at home this season, while just 1-5 on the road (lone win was the overtime win at Berry on Jan. 5).

With just two games left until the halfway mark of the conference season, Hendrix is in a two-way tie for first place with Centre (Hendrix faces Centre next). 

Hendrix hits the road to Danville, Kentucky, to take on Centre in a clash of the best in the SAA.

Tip-off is set for Friday at 7 p.m.

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