|Jan. 9, 2016|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#1 Alonzo Mobley - 22||Points||#00 Brandon Cole - 31|
|#24 Sean Doman - 5||Rebounds||#00 Brandon Cole - 15|
|#12 Amir Davis - 5||Assists||#1 Oteriah Lee - 9|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|43.1% (25 - 58)||Field Goals %||43.6% (34 - 78)|
|42.3% (11 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||36.4% (12 - 33)|
|67.9% (19 - 28)||Free Throws||84% (21 - 25)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||29|
Dayton, Tenn. – After coming up short in their previous game last Thursday, Jan. 7th, against fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Milligan College (Tenn.) 56-82, the Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team made quick to shut down AAC opponent Montreat College (N.C.) Saturday, Jan. 9th, with a dominating 50-30 first half. Even though Montreat managed to hang within one point of Bryan in the second half (51-50), the damage was already dealt as the Lions sealed a 101-80 win.
The victory over Montreat moves the Lions overall record to 10-7 and 5-3 in AAC action, while the Cavaliers drop to 2-11 on the season and 1-7 in the AAC. Currently, Tennessee Wesleyan and Union College (Ky.) sit atop the AAC with 7-1 conference records. Milligan trails with a 6-3 conference record, and Bryan follows close behind at 5-3.
6'0" center, Brandon "Bubby" Cole remains the Bryan Lions primary element this season, leading the nation in a myriad of stats: No. 1 in total scoring (495), No. 2 in points per game (29.1), No. 2 in total rebounds (192), No. 2 in offensive rebounds per game (4.2), No. 3 in total rebounds per game (11.2), No. 11 in defensive rebounds per game (7), and ranks within the top 50 in field goal percentage (53.8).
Cole didn't disappoint in the conference matchup against Montreat, registering his league leading 10th double double, which happens to be his fourth-consecutive double double. He led all scorers with 31 points, shooting 9-for-19 for the game and a notable 13-for-17 from the foul line. He also led all rebounders with 15, securing 10 offensive boards while Montreat collected 10 offensive rebounds as an entire team. The Lions won the battle off the glass, notching 56 to the Cavaliers 30.
Four other Lions landed in double-digits with Brice Cusick (SO/Jefferson City, Tenn.) and Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) both scoring 15 points apiece (Cusick finished 3-for-4 behind the arc). Cusick grabbed six rebounds, while Lee led all players in assists with nine. Lee is the AAC individual stats leader in total assists (98) and assists per game (5.7). He is nationally ranked No. 11 in total assists and No. 12 in assists per game. Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds. Reagan Johnson (SO/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) trailed with 11 points and five boards. Robert Troino (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) had a quite scoring night but helped clean the glass with a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Lions jumped out to a 16-9 lead with back-to-back three-pointers from Yoder and Cusick. Bryan eventually reached a double-digit lead at 20-9 when Yoder found Cole under the basket for the score. The Lions expanded upon a 31-19 lead midway through the first half, rallying for a 16-6 run until less than a minute was left to play before halftime, making it 47-25. Bryan sent Montreat to the free throw line, and the Cavaliers took advantage of the free shots by sinking both. A Lions turnover led to what looked like would be the last shot of the half, which was a shot from downtown by the Cavaliers. With only seconds left Bryan made the most of their possession as Riley Dempsey (FR/Dunlap, Tenn.) found Regan Johnson who rained down the three-pointer to beat the buzzer, giving Bryan a 50-30 lead at the half.
Five minutes into the second half, neither team could make a move as Bryan kept a 20-point lead, 60-40. The Cavaliers fought for an 8-2 run over the next few minutes, but once again the Lions kept their lead at 20 points with a 72-52 lead at the ten-minute mark. Montreat made every attempt to cut the deficit but was unable to as Bryan wrapped up the night with a 101-80 victory.
The Bryan Lions continue competition Saturday, Jan. 16th, with an AAC matchup at home in Summers Gymnasium against Reinhardt University (Ga.) with tipoff set for 4:00pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.