|Bryan College 1-10, 0-5||36||33||69|
|Dec. 3, 2016|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Bluefield (Va.)|
|#1 Wray Fuller - 27||Points||#11 Cordaris Townes - 27|
|3 Players - 6||Rebounds||#11 Cordaris Townes - 15|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 8||Assists||2 Players (#0,#10) - 3|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Bluefield (Va.)|
|42.9% (27 - 63)||Field Goals %||33.3% (21 - 63)|
|40.7% (11 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||31% (9 - 29)|
|66.7% (4 - 6)||Free Throws||85.2% (23 - 27)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||22|
Bluefield, Va. – A season-high scoring performance by Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) with 27 points and the help of Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.)'s 11-point game wasn't enough for the Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team over the weekend when they traveled to Virginia on Saturday to take on fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference School, Bluefield College.
It was all Bryan as the game got underway with the Lions taking complete control with a commanding 21-6 lead just over nine minutes before halftime. With 5:47 on the clock in the opening half, the Rams began a rally that led to a one-point difference at the break. The run started when Bluefield scored 10 unanswered points, bringing the score to 28-27, and managed to snag their first lead at 35-33, but one of Fuller's five made three-pointers in the game came in the final seconds of the first half to put the Lions on top 36-35 heading into halftime.
Once again, as the second half got underway Bryan pushed their way to a 10-point lead at 45-35 with a 9-0 run that was sparked by a trey from Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.), followed by a jumper from Fuller, and a two-point basket along with two made foul shots by Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.). Six minutes into the final half, the Lions still controlled a double-digit advantage, but the Rams slowly whittled away until the nine-minute mark where Bluefield registered two back-to-back dagger three-pointers to level the score then take a lead that wouldn't be surrendered for the rest of the night. With four minutes to go, Fuller connected from deep and Lee found Cusick underneath for the easy score, cutting the deficit to one point, 66-67. The Rams managed to build the lead back to three points with a quick field goal, but neither team could score until under a minute when Bluefield made a key shot from three-point territory. The Lions traveled down the court where Yoder put up a shot from behind the arc, and Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) corralled the miss, providing Yoder with a second-chance that was successful. The shot by Yoder made it a one-possession game, but Bryan was unable to force Bluefield to turn the ball over with less than 10 seconds to go. A foul was given, allowing the Rams two free throws to seal a 74-69 victory.
Fuller, the leading scorer for the Lions, tallied his 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting for the game and a notable 5-of-6 from the three-point line. He secured six rebounds, which tied Lee and Johnson for team-highs who each had six boards apiece. Yoder was the only other Bryan player to score double-digits with 11 points after going 4-of-10 in the game and 3-of-8 behind the arc. Lee was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 at the foul line for eight points and handed out a game-high eight assists. Cusick followed with seven points and two assists, while Johnson and Evan Ragsdale (FR/Nashville, Tenn.) each chipped in six points, respectively.
The battle off the glass went Bluefield's way 40-31, and the Rams turned the ball over nine times compared to 11 by the Lions. Bryan finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent behind the arc, topping Bluefield who shot 33.3 percent and struggled with 31 percent from three-point land. The foul count played a major role in the game as the Lions had 20 fouls called against them, while the Rams ended with only six. For the game, Bryan went to the free throw line a total of six times. Bluefield shot 14 foul shots in just the first half and went to the line another 13 times in the second half, recording 23 of their points by free throws.
The Lions dropped their overall record to 1-10 and remain without a win in the AAC at 0-5, and the Rams improved to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Bryan hosts the Johnson University Royals (Tenn.) tonight, Tuesday Dec. 6, with tipoff slated for 7:30pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.