On Friday night, the Lions defeated Truett by a final score of 84-72. The Lions jumped out to a 30-10 lead. The Bears cut the lead down to 13 as the two teams went into the locker room with the score 43-30. Bryan opened the second half with a 9-2 lead to spread the margin back out to 20 points. Truett cut the lead back down to 10 points, but that was as close as they would get. The Lions went on a 10-0 run with six minutes left to play to take their largest lead of the game at 23, 77-54, with 4:40 left to play. Again the Bears got the lead down to the low teens, but that is where it would stay for the rest of the game.
The Lions shot 55.6% from the floor for the game, while the Bears shot 37.3%. Bryan shot an incredible 61.5% (8/13) from beyond the 3-point arc, and held Truett to just 17.4% (4/23). The Lions recorded 37 rebounds, 6 less than their opponent.
Lavonte Henderson was the leading scorer for the Lions with 20 points. TJ Smith went 5-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with 19 points. Rob Riley added 15 points. Tim Fortenberry had 10 points. Caleb Parsons had a game high 6 assists. Jerrod Allen and Carrin Nash each had a team high 6 rebounds.
On Saturday, Bryan faced Shorter University, who is currently ranked #5 in the nation in Division I of the NAIA, and lost 80-53. The Hawks hit a 3-pointer to open the game and held the lead for all 40 minutes. Shorter slowly built their lead up to 19 in the first half. The two teams went into the locker room with the score 47-30. In the second half, Shorter built their lead up to as much as 32.
Bryan shot 36.8% for the game, while Shorter shot 45.6%. The Lions were outrebounded 45-30.