|Jan. 3, 2017|
|Point (Ga.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#14 Joshua Tolbert - 25||Points||#3 Oteriah Lee - 28|
|#1 Hakeem Winters - 11||Rebounds||#24 Brice Cusick - 8|
|#10 Makhai Eastmond - 8||Assists||#12 Clay Hertel - 5|
|Point (Ga.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|41.1% (23 - 56)||Field Goals %||40.3% (25 - 62)|
|46.4% (13 - 28)||3 Point Field Goals %||30.8% (12 - 39)|
|50% (8 - 16)||Free Throws||92.3% (12 - 13)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||6|
Dayton, Tenn. – Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) continues to dominate the hardwood as the Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team's standout point guard, averaging 10.6 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. He added to his impressive year at home Tuesday night registering a game-high and career-high 28 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 5-of-6 behind the arc, a perfect 7-of-7 at the foul line, and tallied seven rebounds and four assists in Bryan's 74-67 win over fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent, the Skyhawks of Point University (Ga.).
Lee was followed by Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), the only other Lion to reach double-digits with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, knocking down 4-of-10 from three-point territory, and hitting a pair of free throws. Big man Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) helped edge Bryan past Point in the rebounds column 36-34 with a team-high eight boards and chipped in six points. The Assist's leader was Clay Hertel (SO/Louisville, Ky.) who provided valuable minutes by collecting four points, four rebounds, and five assists. Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) aided with seven points, and Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) came away with six rebounds and five points. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) finished with five points, and Dylan Speck (SO/Lebanon, Tenn.) had one basket from deep for three points and also snatched three rebounds.
It was the first AAC win of the season for the Lions as they improve their conference record to 1-6 and overall record to 4-11. The loss dropped the Skyhawk's overall record to 2-14 and AAC record to 1-6.
Bryan shot 40.3 percent from the field compared to Point's 41.1 percent, but down the stretch a difference maker proved to be at the free throw line as the Skyhawks struggled at 50 percent, 7-of-13 in the second half. The Lions connected on 10-of-11 in the final half to end any hope of the Skyhawks and finished the game 92.3 percent on foul shots.
The Lions went down early 12-5 seven minutes into the game, but they countered with an 11-1 run to go ahead 16-13 with seven minutes to go till the half. The rally was sparked by a basket from Fuller, which was followed by a stop on the opposite end that resulted in a made shot by Cusick. Hertel made his presence known scoring off a second-chance opportunity after grabbing the rebound and capitalizing under the goal. Point made one free throw, but Lee answered with two successful foul shots to tie the game at 13-13. Speck put Bryan ahead after finding his place in the right corner and hitting the trey for a 16-13 lead. The Lions controlled the lead until the last second before the break when the Skyhawks found an open man from downtown who drained the shot before time ran out, allowing Point to regain the lead 30-28 at halftime.
The second half remained extremely close with six tie points, three lead changes, and the difference never reaching double-digits. At the 13-minute mark, it was evened up at 48-48 before Point went ahead and controlled the lead until two minutes left in the game. The turning point was when Lee completed an and-one play after driving the lane, drawing contact, and hanging in the air long enough to put up the shot. The made free throw by Lee tied the game 65-65. The Skyhawks had a chance to go up on the other end, but two missed free throws set up the Lions for a big play. Bryan came out of the timeout and regained the lead when Hertel went into the lane and kicked it out to a waiting Tuck on the arc. Tuck sank the three-pointer, giving the Lions a 68-65 edge with just over one minute to go. Hertel snagged an important miss when the Skyhawks couldn't connect. Point was forced to foul, and Johnson performed well under pressure by making both free throws for a 70-65 difference. The Skyhawks managed to get a quick two points, but once again the Lions showed focus as Lee made both double-bonus foul shots that extended their lead to 72-67. Bryan stood tall on defense against Point's push and got the stop as Tuck pulled down the rebound. Tuck was fouled, sent to the line, and both shots were made for a 74-67 final.
Up next for the Lions is a conference matchup against the Buffaloes of Milligan College (Tenn.) at home on Thursday, Jan. 5, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.