On a night when Transylvania announced it would name its court in honor of retired coach Don Lane, Centre came in and dampened the celebration.
Josh Karsner scored 35 points Tuesday night to propel visiting Centre to an 84-75 victory in the Beck Center, which will now feature the Don Lane court.
Lane is the winningest coach in Transy history.
Karsner, a 6-foot-4 junior from Frankfort, shot 10-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point range, and made 10 of 12 free throws.
Donovan Whiteside added 18 points for the Colonels (4-1).
"I'm really pleased for the guys," Centre Coach Greg Mason said. "Both teams played really, really hard."
Alex Jones, who is one of nine freshmen in Transy's top 12, led the Pioneers (0-4) with 25 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Parker Stansberry added 15 points and eight boards for Transy, while Mason Monroe scored 14 points.
Tied at 44 early in the second half, Centre outscored Transy 22-9 over the next eight minutes to open a 66-53 lead. The Colonels never let Transy get closer than seven points after that.
"I think we got careless a couple times on some possessions," said Brian Lane, who succeeded his father as Transy coach. "We had done a nice job of getting a good shot and getting the shot we wanted, and it seemed like during that stretch we took some tougher shots than we needed to take. I think a lot of that comes from a young team, but we had some guys pressing. And we were doing it early in the shot clock. ... I think it just kind of snowballed there."
The taller and more experienced Colonels grabbed nine of their 12 offensive rebounds in the second half. By game's end, they had outscored Transy 30-22 in the paint and 14-7 on second-chance points.
"Guys, let's go be a beast down low and let's go get some stickbacks," Mason said of his halftime message to his team. "And that's what Tyler Wesley did. He had a couple big-time offensive rebounds."
Wesley led Centre with nine rebounds, to go with eight points.
The game was tied 37-all at halftime.
"I thought we did a nice job of attacking them early," Brian Lane said. "Taking them off the dribble and doing the things that we needed to do. I thought they would have a little difficulty guarding us one-on-one, but their back line people being so agile, make it tough to score inside."
Karsner had 20 first-half points. Jones paced the Pioneers with 13 first-half points.
Centre led by as many as six points in the half, Transy by two. The Pioneers scored the last five points of the half.
"I thought the fact that there was a lot of youth on the floor — Brian's team has more youth than us, but we still have some — I thought there was a little bit of nervousness from both teams, and I think that's why the first half is what it was. Then second half, Donovan Whiteside really had a presence offensively, got to the rim, kind of took some pressure off of our guys. And Josh Karsner was amazing — 35 points. Had two the other night, so it's really good to see him play so well.
"Just a good win for our guys. We respect Transy as a really good basketball program, so to win on their floor we feel really good about that."
Centre ensured its win by making 25 of 29 free throws, while Transy went 20-for-25.
Transylvania — Mount St. Joseph (Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.)
Centre — At Asbury (Dec. 3, 8 p.m.)
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.