|Bryan College 13-15||33||47||80|
|Reinhardt (Ga.) 17-13||38||46||84|
|Feb. 25, 2016|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Reinhardt (Ga.)|
|#00 Brandon Cole - 31||Points||#22 Josh Cooper - 21|
|#24 Brice Cusick - 17||Rebounds||#42 Elijah Hirsh - 10|
|#1 Oteriah Lee - 6||Assists||#3 Daquan Langston - 3|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Reinhardt (Ga.)|
|36% (27 - 75)||Field Goals %||42.2% (27 - 64)|
|30.4% (7 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||45% (9 - 20)|
|70.4% (19 - 27)||Free Throws||61.8% (21 - 34)|
|28||2nd Chance Pts||8|
Kingsport, Tenn. – The Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team met the end of their season as the No. 3 seeded Eagles of Reinhardt University (Ga.) edged out an 84-80 victory Thursday, Feb. 25, in Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament play. It was a thriller as both teams were leveled 76-76 with two minutes left to play and eventually came to a two-point ballgame with thirty seconds remaining, 80-78, but four consecutive points from Reinhardt ended any chance of a comeback for Bryan. Reinhardt's season came to a halt today, Feb. 26, as they faced off against No. 2 seeded Union College (Ky.) who outlasted the Eagles 98-90 in the AAC Tourney Semifinals.
The Bryan Lions all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.), ended his career with a fitting double-double, leading all players with 31 points and collecting 13 rebounds. The All-Conference First Team member and AAC Champions of Character Team selection for the Lions ended the night 12-for-26, while Cole has amassed an extraordinary 2,799 points and 1,235 through his four years at Bryan. He finishes the season as the AAC and NAIA Div. II scoring leader averaging 29.1 points per game and scoring 815 total points. He ranks No. 2 in NAIA Div. II in offensive rebounds per game (3.9), No. 5 in rebounds per game (10.9), No. 5 in total rebounds (306), No. 12 in defensive rebounds per game (7.0), and No. 27 in shooting percentage (54.8).
Tyler Yoder (SO/Crossville, Tenn.) trailed with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting (4-for-7 behind the arc) and secured nine rebounds. Oteriah Lee (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) was the only other Lion to scored double-digits, tallying 14 points (4-for-9) and a game-high six assists. Brice Cusick (SO/Jefferson City, Tenn.) chipped in six points, but ended with an impressive career-high 17 rebounds to help Bryan win the rebounding battle, 55-35. Robert Troino (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) had a notable nine points after going 7-for-7 from the foul line.
Bryan finished the game shooting 36.0 percent from the floor, while Reinhardt pieced together a 42.2 percent shooting performance. The Eagles were even better from deep, hitting 45.0 percent from the three-point line compared to the Lions 30.4 percent.
The Lions got in trouble early after falling behind 17-6 five minutes into the first half, but managed to make up space with a 10-1 run over the following five minutes to cut the deficit to two points, 18-16. Five straight points from Reinhardt didn't slow down Bryan as the Lions battled back and tied things up 25-25 at the 5:24 mark. Both teams battled back and forth until the Eagles pulled ahead as the halftime break approached, 38-33.
A bucket from Cole to begin the second half made it a one possession ballgame, but Reinhardt rallied to regain an 11-point lead, 51-40. Midway through the half with the Eagles carrying a 61-53 advantage, the Lions built momentum going on a 6-0 run to cut it to two, 61-59. For the first time since the opening basket, the Lions regained the lead, 68-67, with a completed "and-one" play from Lee. Four tie-points and five lead changes later over a three-minute span, the Eagles controlled a lead that wouldn't be surrendered in the last two minutes of the game. A basket from Cole with thirty seconds left to cut it to two points would be the closest Bryan could come at a comeback as Reinhardt managed an 84-80 win.
The Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team ended the season with a 13-15 overall record.