|Bryan College 11-11, 6-7||42||45||87|
|St. Andrews (N.C.) 9-13, 5-10||28||32||60|
|Feb. 6, 2016|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||St. Andrews (N.C.)|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 38||Points||#5 Lee Vanderhorst - 19|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 15||Rebounds||#15 Alex Tharp - 7|
|#1 Oteriah Lee - 3||Assists||2 Players (#5,#55) - 2|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||St. Andrews (N.C.)|
|50.8% (32 - 63)||Field Goals %||37.1% (23 - 62)|
|33.3% (6 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||15% (3 - 20)|
|89.5% (17 - 19)||Free Throws||57.9% (11 - 19)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||6|
Laurinburg, N.C. – The Bryan College Men's Basketball team is proud to call the nation's leading scorer, Brandon "Bubby" Cole, one of their own and they were certainly glad to have him in yesterday's (Feb. 6) Appalachian Athletic Conference battle against St. Andrews University. Recording his league-leading 15th double-double of the season, Cole shot a remarkable 14-for-20 for the game and a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line for his season-high 38 points and led all rebounders with 15 in the 87-60 Bryan victory.
Despite being a 6'2" center, Cole's play continues to make a compelling argument that he is one of the best basketball players in the nation. His extraordinary basketball IQ, court awareness, and positioning in the paint has earned him a reputation as being nearly unstoppable on the court. He currently leads the AAC in scoring, averaging 29.64 points per game for a total 652 points this season. He is tied for 5th in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 55.0 percent this season. He is 173-for-233 from the free throw line (74.2 percent) this year. He is No. 1 in the conference in total rebounds (260) and rebounds per game (11.82). His 38-point outing ties him for 2nd in the AAC in stellar points in a game this season.
He ranks No. 1 in NAIA Div. II in points per game and offensive rebounds per game (4.18). He places No. 2 in total rebounds per game and total scoring. He rounds out the top-5 in total rebounds and defensive rebounds per game (7.63). His shooting percentage ranks him No. 29. As a Lion, he has compiled 2,636 points.
Several other Lions chipped in to help carry Bryan to another conference win: AAC assists leader, Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.), was the only other Lion to score double-digits with 10 points (5-for-8) and tacked on three assists, Jeff Long (SR/Hendersonville, Tenn.) recorded nine points (4-for-10), and Terrance Scales (SO/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) had his second best offensive performance of the season with nine points (2-for-3, perfect 4-for-4 from free throw line) and seven rebounds.
Cole notched 24 of his 38 points in the first half to pace the Lions to a 42-28 advantage at the half. Bryan led with 48.5 percent (16-for-33) shooting in the first half while holding St. Andrews to just 18.0 percent (2-for-11) shooting from three-point range and 34.0 percent overall (11-for-32).
Things didn't look any better in the second half for St. Andrews with Bryan shooting 53.0 percent (16-for-30) while the Knights were only 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from deep as the Lions won the half 45-32. The Lions edged out the Knights 41-34 in the battle on the glass.
The Lions began the first half with a 9-0 run, starting with two made free throws from Cole and followed up by quick basket from Robert Troino (SR/Crossville, Tenn.). After corralling a miss, Cole ran the length of the floor and scored from inside. Brice Cusick (SO/Jefferson City, Tenn.) nailed his lone three-pointer of the game to finish out the run.
Bryan produced runs that further dug a hole for St. Andrews. The Lions held a 17-12 advantage and created more separation with an 8-0 run to jump ahead 25-12 with nine minutes left until the half. Bryan remained ahead, 42-28, as the first half concluded.
At the 17-minute mark in the second half, the Lions pieced together another run, this time for 10 unanswered points to add onto their lead, 56-34. An easy basket drained by Lee with 6:17 on the clock helped propel Bryan for an 8-0 run to gain a 79-52 lead. St. Andrews couldn't find a means to cut the deficit as Bryan coasted to an 87-60 victory.
The Lions move to 11-11 overall and 6-7 in conference play, while the Knights drop to 9-13 this season and 5-10 in the AAC.
"I was pleased with our efforts, and it was our best complete performance of the year," said Head Bryan Men's Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske. "We did especially well on the defensive end. Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) had a special night, and our bench really came through."
The Bryan Men's Basketball team has a conference-packed week ahead with Truett-McConnell (Ga.) traveling on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7pm, to Dayton, Tenn. and Point University (Ga.) coming to Bryan on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30pm. The Lions hit the road on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4pm, for a matchup against Montreat College (N.C.).
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.