|Bryan College 10-7 (5-3 AAC)||31||25||56|
|Milligan (Tenn.) 10-4 (6-2 AAC)||31||51||82|
|Jan. 7, 2016|
|Milligan College, TN|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Milligan (Tenn.)|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 20||Points||#14 Julian Bailey - 24|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 14||Rebounds||#14 Julian Bailey - 16|
|#12 Robert Troino - 3||Assists||#14 Julian Bailey - 5|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Milligan (Tenn.)|
|31.7% (19 - 60)||Field Goals %||45.8% (27 - 59)|
|20% (4 - 20)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.1% (8 - 19)|
|56% (14 - 25)||Free Throws||69% (20 - 29)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||8|
Milligan College, Tenn. – It appeared to be an even matchup after a deadlock 31-31 at halftime but the Buffaloes of Milligan College took control of the second half, outscoring the Lions 51-25 by shooting 60 percent from the floor in the second half. The unconscious shooting displayed in the second half by Milligan proved too much for Bryan as they allowed their conference foes to slip away with a 56-82 victory.
Prior to this game, Bryan won four-straight contests, including two Appalachian Athletic Conference outings against St. Andrews University (N.C.) (95-71) and Point University (Ga.) (88-79). The Lions move their overall record to 9-7 and 4-3 in conference action. Milligan improves to 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the AAC, which places them within half a game of first place in league standings, matching No. 4 Union College (Ky.) and Tennessee Wesleyan for the overall lead in league wins.
Despite the nations leading scorer, Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.), compiling his 9th double double of the season to tie him for first in the AAC in total double doubles, he was held to his second lowest scoring game of the season. Still registering 20 points (8-for-20) and grabbing 14 rebounds, he managed to lead the Lions in both categories. Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) was the only other Lion to finish in double-digits, scoring 13 points while shooting 5-for-11 and 3-for-9 behind the arc. Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) assisted the Lions with eight points, going 3-for-9 for the game.
It wasn't until three minutes into the first half that Milligan struck first with a basket from inside the paint. Both teams went back-and-forth, but the Buffaloes began to look like they may have an edge after piecing together a six-point lead (25-31) with just under two minutes to go until halftime. Bryan answered back by stopping Milligan's momentum and closed the half with a 6-0 run to level it 31-31 at the break. Cole started the rally with the first four points, and Lee finished it out with two made free throws.
After collaborating at the half, Milligan hit the court with purpose, scoring the first basket of the half and claiming a lead that wouldn't be surrendered for the duration of the game. A 12-2 run by the Buffaloes seemed to stop the Lions in their tracks, making Bryan fall behind 33-43. It was all Milligan for the rest of the second half, eventually increasing the lead to 31 points with 1:30 left. Yoder capitalized on a fast break opportunity and drilled a three-pointer to cut the deficit below 30 with less than one minute left to play, ending it 56-82 in favor of Milligan.
As a four-game win streak came to an end, Head Bryan Men's Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske said, "We had a poor effort in nearly every phase of the game. It was just a rough night all the way around. We need to learn from this and focus on the challenge waiting for us on Saturday against Montreat."
The Lions continue play this weekend as they host fellow AAC opponent Montreat College (N.C.) on Saturday, Jan. 9th at 4:00pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.