|Feb. 8, 2016|
|Truett-McConnell (Ga.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#1 A Loyd - 28||Points||#00 Brandon Cole - 23|
|#24 D McNear - 10||Rebounds||#24 Brice Cusick - 6|
|#11 X Holland - 6||Assists||#1 Oteriah Lee - 10|
|Truett-McConnell (Ga.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|44.3% (27 - 61)||Field Goals %||49.2% (30 - 61)|
|33.3% (9 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.9% (12 - 28)|
|93.3% (14 - 15)||Free Throws||90% (18 - 20)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||3|
Dayton, Tenn. – Behind balanced play and a strong performance from several Lions, Bryan Men's Basketball outlasted the Bears of Truett-McConnell by a 90-77 final tally on Monday (Feb. 8) in Summers Gymnasium. The Lions outscored the Bears 54-47 in the second half, going up by 21 points (60-39) with a 24-7 rally to start the half, helping the Red and Gold move to 7-7 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and 12-11 overall while sinking the Bears to 7-18 on the season and 3-11 in conference action.
Sophomore forward/guard Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) knocked down four three-pointers and senior guard Robert Troino (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) added three treys in a six and a half minutes span to help secure the win and fend off any chance of a late Bears run, taking a 39-34 score and building a commanding 21-point lead, 65-44.
Before Yoder and Troino helped the Lions seal the game, the contest got underway with the Bears holding a 21-13 lead. Bryan battled for a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 22-21 with 6:36 remaining in the half. Sophomore forward Reagan Johnson (SO/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) drained a shot from deep, which served as a game-tying basket (25-25) that eventually led to the Lions taking a lead that would not be surrendered for the rest of the game.
The Lions slowly built separation in the final minutes of the opening half en route to taking a 36-30 advantage into the halftime break.
Coming off his third career double-double, first of the season, sophomore point guard Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) put the finishing touches on the first half with two made free throws on a one-and-one, extending the Lions lead to two possessions at the halftime horn.
Second half action saw the Lions lead grow to as many as 22 points (78-56) after senior center Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) made two free throws with seven minutes left in the game. The Bears were able to climb back to within 12 points (83-71) with four minutes to go, but the Lions fended off Truett-McConnell holding a 13-point lead as the game concluded, 90-77.
Lee was the only Lion to register a double-double, shooting 4-of-6 from the floor, 1-of-2 behind the arc, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line for 14 points while dishing out 10 assists. He currently is the AAC individual stats leader in total assists (138) and assists per game (6.0). He tied his previous game-high this season in assists, notching 10 assists earlier this year against Johnson University Florida (Dec. 12).
The AAC and NAIA Div. II scoring leader, Cole, scored a team-high 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five boards.
Troino has played a major role of late, averaging 16.1 points per game over the previous six games. He was the second highest scoring Lion of the night with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting for the game. He went 4-for-9 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the foul line.
Yoder was the other threat from the outside for the Lions, going 6-for-11 in the game and 4-for-6 from downtown for 16 points.
Johnson was an impact player, sinking key baskets for the Lions and shooting 3-for-7 from the outside for nine points.
The Lions total field goal percentage in the second half was 59.3 and 57.1 percent from three-point range. For the game, Bryan outshot Truett-McConnell 49.2 percent to their 44.3 percent. The Bears won the battle on the glass, securing 37 rebounds to the Lions 32. The Lions gave up 11 turnovers but pressured the Bears into 19 turnovers for the game.
"I like the way we played tonight, and I thought Oteriah, Tyler, and Robert really played well," said Head Bryan Men's Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske. "We have played good ball the last four games, and we need to keep progressing. I do want to mention that Truett battled all the way to the end and put up a great fight."
The Lions have today off and return to action in Summers Gymnasium against Point University (Ga.) on Wednesday (Feb. 10) in an AAC faceoff. Tipoff is slated for 7:30pm.
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