|Jan. 5, 2017|
|Milligan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#03 David Casaday - 15||Points||#24 Brice Cusick - 20|
|#00 Aaron Levarity - 11||Rebounds||#24 Brice Cusick - 9|
|3 Players - 2||Assists||#3 Oteriah Lee - 4|
|Milligan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|46.3% (25 - 54)||Field Goals %||38.5% (25 - 65)|
|42.3% (11 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||15.4% (4 - 26)|
|67.9% (19 - 28)||Free Throws||61.1% (11 - 18)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||9|
Dayton, Tenn. – Despite having four Lions notch double-digits in scoring Thursday night, the Bryan College Men's Basketball team dropped their overall record to 4-12 and conference record to 1-7 after falling to fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Milligan College (Tenn.) 80-65. The Buffaloes improved to 8-8 overall and 5-4 in AAC play.
The game remained close in the first half as both teams saw a total of six ties, four lead changes, and the largest lead being Milligan's by 12 but Bryan managed to cut it to six as the break approached. A three-pointer by the Buffaloes as time expired in the opening period provided Milligan with a 40-31 edge at halftime.
After trailing 43-34 in the start of the second half, Bryan pieced together a 10-0 run to retake the lead 44-43 at the 16-minute mark. The rally ended on a Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) three-pointer, but Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) locked in from deep to counter a score on the opposite for a two-point lead, 47-45.
Milligan answered with two free throws, which leveled the game 47-47 and continued their momentum as they charged ahead for an 11-4 run to go ahead 58-51 with 10 and a half minutes on the clock.
Bryan clawed their way to stay in the game, not allowing Milligan any separation until 6:25 left in the contest. The Lions had cut the deficit to four points with a jumper by Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) making it 62-58, but the Buffaloes went on a 16-1 run that ended with just over one minute to go. The swing silenced Bryan as they tacked on six points before time expired for an 80-65 Milligan victory.
The first half set the mood for Bryan as the Lions were 0-of-16 in three-point land and finished the night 4-of-26. Milligan shot 46.3 percent in the game compared to Bryan's 38.5 percent. From behind the arc, the Buffaloes drained 11 of their 26 attempts. The battle off the boards was close with Milligan narrowly edging Bryan 37-35, and both teams had an even 16 turnovers apiece.
Cusick led the Lions in scoring with 20 points after shooting 8-of-15 from the floor and also led in boards after pulling down nine. Lee followed with 15 points, four rebounds, and a team-high four assists. Fuller was 5-of-9 for 11 points and chipped in four rebounds, while Johnson compiled 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.), Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.), and Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) each aided with three points, respectively.
The Lions turn their focus to this weekend when they travel to North Carolina to take on conference opponent Montreat College on Saturday, Jan. 7, with tipoff slated for 4pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.