|Feb. 20, 2016|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Truett-McConnell (Ga.)|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 26||Points||#1 A Loyd - 30|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 7||Rebounds||#24 D McNear - 11|
|#1 Oteriah Lee - 4||Assists||#11 X Holland - 6|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Truett-McConnell (Ga.)|
|43.6% (24 - 55)||Field Goals %||40.3% (25 - 62)|
|55% (11 - 20)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.6% (9 - 26)|
|84.2% (16 - 19)||Free Throws||92.6% (25 - 27)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||10|
Cleveland, Ga. – The Bears of Truett-McConnell hosted the Bryan Men's Basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 20, for the Lions last game of the regular season, but Truett ended victorious with an 84-75 decision. The Lions finish the season posting a 13-14 overall record and 8-10 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. Despite overcoming a 20-point deficit midway through the first half, establishing a lead at the 8:35 mark in the second half, and making it a one-possession game with just over one minute left of play the Lions could not hold on as the Bears improved to 9-20 overall and 5-13 in conference action. The Lions are seeded 6th in the AAC tournament, while the Bears are positioned in 8th.
Eighteen conference games were not enough to produce an Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season champion, so No. 5 Union College and No. 14 Tennessee Wesleyan College will meet today in a one-game playoff to determine the No. 1 seed for this week's AAC Men's Basketball Tournament.
In addition to the top seed being on the line, an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament is on the line.
The playoff game is necessary because Union and Tennessee Wesleyan finished the regular season with identical 16-2 conference records and split the season series. Union and Tennessee Wesleyan each defeated the other on the road.
Per conference policies, the game is to played at a neutral site, so Milligan College is hosting the game today at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live online and can be viewed by clicking here.
The men's tournament is being held in conjunction with the women's tournament at this week at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
While the top two seeds have yet to be finalized, here are the seeds for the tournament:
- Union College/Tennessee Wesleyan (16-2 AAC)
- Union College/Tennessee Wesleyan (16-2 AAC)
- Reinhardt University (16-13, 10-8 AAC)*
- Milligan College (16-10, 10-8 AAC)
- Bluefield College (17-11, 9-9 AAC)
- Bryan College (13-14, 8-10 AAC)**
- Point University (11-19, 8-10 AAC)
- Truett-McConnell College (9-20, 5-13 AAC)***
- St. Andrews University (9-16, 5-13 AAC)
- Montreat College (4-20, 3-15 AAC)
* - Reinhardt is the No. 3 by virtue of winning the season series over Milligan.
** - Bryan and Point split the season series, but Bryan is the No. 6 seed by virtue of a win over Reinhardt.
*** - Truett-McConnell and St. Andrews split the season series, but Truett-McConnell is the No. 8 seed by virtue of a win over Bluefield.
Tournament Schedule - Bracket (PDF)
Wednesday, February 24
No. 8 Truett-McConnell (9-20) vs. No. 9 St. Andrews (9-16), 8:30 a.m.
No. 7 Point (11-19) vs. No. 10 Montreat (4-20), 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 25
No. 1 seed vs. Game 1 Winner, 8:30 a.m.
No. 4 Milligan (16-10) vs. No. 5 Bluefield (17-11), 10:15 a.m.
No. 2 seed vs. Game 2 Winner, 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Reinhardt (16-13) vs. No. 6 Bryan (13-14), 5:15 p.m.
Friday, February 26
Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 10 vs. Game 11 Winner, 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 (Championship Game)
Game 14 Winner vs. Game 15 Winner, 2 p.m.
Fans can watch the tournament live online at the AAC GameCentral. The cost to view the tournament is $7.99/game and $19.99/men's tournament and $19.99/women's tournament.
For directions to the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, please click here.
For more on the tournament, check out the tournament page.
Lions vs. TMC Game Recap
The Lions all-time leading scorer and rebounder and current AAC Player of the Week, Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.), led Bryan in the scoring department with 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He also went 12-for-14 at the foul line, along with securing a team-high seven rebounds. Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) had his second-highest scoring performance of the season, knocking down 7-of-15 shots (4-of-8 behind the arc) for 18 points and added three rebounds.
AAC assists leader, Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.), had a notable finish with nine points, going 3-for-6 from three-point territory, and led with a team-high four assists. Brice Cusick (SO/Jefferson City, Tenn.) and Jeff Long (SR/Hendersonville, Tenn.) registered seven points, respectively, while Cusick also scooped up six misses. Terrance Scales (SO/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) was quite offensively, firing 1-for-3 for three point, but he added six rebounds.
The rebounding advantage went Truett's way, 41-31, but Bryan owned the shooting percentage battle. Shots started to fall more the Bear's way in the first half, going 13-for-30 (43.3 percent), but the Lions responded with a 48.3 percent second half (14-for-29) and bolstering 63.6 percent second half three-point shooting (55.0 percent from deep for the game).
Things started to go south for the Lions as they fell behind 13-2 with Cole scoring the lone basket for Bryan through the first seven and a half minutes. Down 18-8 and trying to gain some traction, the Lions slowly started to lose grip as the Bears rallied for a 13-3 run to extend their lead to 20 points, 31-11, at the 6:34 mark. Bryan countered with a 12-3 run, bringing the score to 34-23. Lee found Yoder with less than one minute left of play until the halftime break to cut Truett's lead to single-digits, 38-30, but two made free throws before time expired put the Bears up 40-30 heading into the second half.
Two monumental runs, first a 7-0 run at the 15-minute mark and second one coming as a 9-0 run at the 11-minute mark, helped the Lions earn their first lead of the game, 60-59, with 8:35 left to play. The latter run was initiated by a Yoder trey, followed by a three-pointer from Scales, and ended with another deep splash from Yoder.
Two successful foul shots from Truett regained a Bear's lead, 61-60. Cole answered with two free throws to put Bryan back on top, 62-61. Truett hit a three-point dagger, but Cole responded with a quick score in the paint to level it 64-64. The Bears compiled 10 unanswered points to secure a lead that wouldn't be surrendered for the rest of the game, 74-64. A late three-pointer from Cusick gave the Lions a look at a comeback, but the Bears stopped a late surge with a three-pointer of their own and three made foul shots to seal an 84-75 win.
Bryan finished the year No. 4 in conference in scoring per game (83.89 PPG), No. 5 in total points (2,265), No. 2 in free throw percentage (73.8 percent), No. 3 in shooting percentage (45.9 percent), No. 2 in three-point percentage (37.0 percent), No. 2 in total assists (443) and assists per game (16.41 APG), No. 4 in turnover margin (0.59), No. 1 in three-pointers made per game (9.04), No. 2 in total three-pointers made (244), and No. 2 in assist/turnover ratio (1.20).
Cole leads the conference and NAIA Div. II in points per game (29.03) and total scoring (784 points). He ranks 2nd in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.85), 5th in rebounds per game (10.85), 6th in total rebounds (293), 13th in defensive rebounds per game (7.00), and 27th in field goal percentage (55.3 percent). Lee leads the AAC in total assists (153) and assists per game (5.67), placing him 11th in NAIA Div. II in assists per game and 12th in total assists. Yoder finished in a tie for 2nd in the AAC in total three-pointers made (67), while Troino hit 60 to place 5th in the conference. Yoder ranks 3rd in the AAC in three's made per game at 2.48, and Troino trailed in 4th averaging 2.22 three-pointers per game. Yoder made 67-of-149 three-pointers this season to rank 3rd in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (45.0 percent).
To keep up with the Bryan Men's Basketball Team, visit bryanlions.com/mbb.