|Bryan (Tenn.) 10-11, 5-7 AAC||26||41||67|
|Union 19-4, 11-1 AAC||32||52||84|
|Feb. 1, 2016|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Union|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 30||Points||#24 Nick Riley - 21|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 16||Rebounds||#12 J.D. Tucker - 14|
|#1 Oteriah Lee - 7||Assists||#24 Nick Riley - 9|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Union|
|37.9% (22 - 58)||Field Goals %||43.3% (29 - 67)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.5% (10 - 29)|
|65.4% (17 - 26)||Free Throws||76.2% (16 - 21)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||16|
Barbourville, Ky. – The Bryan College Men's Basketball team had a challenge tonight, traveling to No. 6 Union College (Ky.) for an Appalachian Athletic Conference faceoff. Earlier in the season, Nov. 18, the Lions hosted the Bulldogs at home, but Union proved to be too much as they came away with an 82-73 win. Tonight, Bryan kept pace with Union and concluded the first half trailing 32-26, but a 52-41second half performance from the Bulldogs ended any chance for an upset by the Lions. The 84-67 win moves Union to 19-4 overall and 11-1 in AAC play. Bryan drops their overall record to 10-11 and 5-7 in conference action.
Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) had an impressive outing, notching his league-leading 14th double-double of the season. He led all scorers and rebounders with 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting and 16 rebounds. He remains the individual stats leader in scoring (584 points), points per game (29.2), and total rebounds (229).
Robert Troino (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) followed with 12 points and four rebounds. He shot 3-for-9 and 2-for-6 behind the arc. Jeff Long (SR/Hendersonville, Tenn.) tallied his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season with 11 points, shooting 4-for-5 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown. He also aided with five rebounds. The AAC total assists leader, Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.), scored nine points (5-for-7 from foul line) and led all Lions with seven assists.
Unable to gain the lead, Bryan kept pressure on Union in the first half and never allowed the top-ranked Bulldogs to extend their lead over seven points. Up 32-26 at halftime, Union looked as if they couldn't stop the relentless pressure from Bryan as the Lions cut the deficit to 36-33 at the 18:07 mark. The dagger for the Lions came when the Bulldogs responded with a 14-3 run to open up a 50-36 advantage with 14:45 left to play.
With 5:55 left in the game, the Lions found themselves down 71-57, but a three-pointer sank from Troino and an inside take to the hoop from Lee brought Union's lead into single-digits, 71-62. Union made the most of their opportunities in the final minutes of the game, keeping Bryan away from a comeback. After killing the clock, the Bulldogs connected from long range with 34 seconds left to seal an 84-67 victory.
The Lions shot 37.9 percent from the field, while Union finished making 43.3 percent for the game. Both teams shot at least 50.0 percent in the second half, and Bryan went 6-for-10 from the three-point line in the second half after not hitting a trey in the entire first half.
After dropping a close game to a top-ranked conference opponent, Head Bryan Men's Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske said, "Our guys fought hard and the game was better than what the final score showed. A difference maker for Union was the tough shots that fell their way in the second half."
The Lions have a short break this week as they hit the road for Laurinburg, N.C. on Saturday where the Knights of St. Andrews host the Lions in a conference matchup, tipoff slated for 2:00pm.
For the full Bryan College Men's Basketball schedule, click here.