Knoxville, Tenn. – The Bryan College Men's Basketball team traveled just up the road to Knoxville, Tenn. yesterday for their second game of the 2015-16 season, and came away with the win, defeating the Royals of Johnson University (Tenn.) 98-61. The win moves the Lions to 1-1 on the season, and the Royals even out to 1-1 after rolling past Piedmont Baptist College (N.C.) in their first game of the season.
The Lion's season opener was on Oct. 28th in Summer's Gymnasium against a tough opponent in Oakwood University (Ala.) who took the game into the final seconds and upset the Lions 97-94.
The successful shooting percentage has proven to be a problem for opposing teams with Bryan shooting over 50% from the floor in their season opener and finishing 46% in last night's contest. The Lions jumped out to an early lead in the first half and never surrendered it, outscoring the Royals 52-35 in the first half and 46-26 in the second half.
The Lions were a threat behind the arc, knocking down 10 of 18 in the first period while the Royals were able to finish only 4 of their 28 total three-pointers taken the entire game.
Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) remains atop the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) in points per game (30.5) and total points (61), while aiding the Lions in the offense as he dropped 24 points against the Royals. Cole went 9-19 and managed a team-high 10 rebounds. Three other Lions produced double-digit scoring: Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) (17), Jeff Long (SR/Hendersonville, Tenn.) (15), and Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) (11). Both Lee and Long dished out 6 assists apiece to lead the Lions in the assists category, while Yoder led the Lions in steals with 3.
After securing their first victory of the season, Head Bryan College Men's Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske said, "We came out fast and were able to keep play up-tempo in the beginning. I was impressed with our performance, and we managed to beat a very good Johnson University team who constantly challenged us. All around it was a great win."
The Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team continue play tomorrow evening (Nov. 5th) in Cleveland, Tenn. as they face-off against the Flames of Lee University (Tenn.)
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