|Jan. 18, 2017|
|Union (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#33 Gerrard Newby - 30||Points||#3 Oteriah Lee - 23|
|2 Players (#5,#33) - 13||Rebounds||#24 Brice Cusick - 10|
|#12 Tyrone Sherman - 4||Assists||#3 Oteriah Lee - 9|
|Union (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|49.3% (34 - 69)||Field Goals %||41.8% (23 - 55)|
|32.3% (10 - 31)||3 Point Field Goals %||46.4% (13 - 28)|
|66.7% (6 - 9)||Free Throws||61.1% (11 - 18)|
|22||2nd Chance Pts||2|
Dayton, Tenn. – Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) registered a double-double and Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded an impressive team-high 23 points and nine assists to lead the Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team in a tough matchup versus the second-ranked team in the nation, Union College (Ky.), on Wednesday night. Despite trailing by a mere eight points after the first half of action in Summers Gymnasium, the Bulldogs slowly separated themselves for an 84-70 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory, improving to 18-3 overall and 11-0 in AAC play as well as marking their 16th win in a row. Bryan dropped their overall record to 4-15 and conference record to 1-10.
Lee's 23 points came on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 behind the arc. Cusick went for 19 points after shooting 6-of-13 and proving his range on 3-of-5 from downtown. He also corralled 10 misses to complete his fourth double-double of the season. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) followed with nine points, Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) with seven points, and Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) with six points. Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) converted on a fast-break layup and knocked down a pair of free throw to finish with four points, and Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) had a lone basket to end with two points.
Even though the Lions were unable to control the lead at any point in the game, Bryan showed great effort as they posed many problems for the top-ranked and high-scoring Bulldogs. Union was prevented from growing the deficit to double-digits as Bryan remained very close in the opening half, including leveling the score at 30-30 and cutting the margin to one point, 37-36, with 1:22 left on the clock. Unfortunately the Bulldogs were able to connect from three-point territory and capitalize on two more plays before the first half came to a close, securing a 44-36 advantage heading into the second period.
A three-pointer by Lee three minutes into the start of the second half brought the Lions within five points, 46-41, and it would be the closest they would come to the Bulldogs as Union rallied for a comfortable lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs eventually had their largest lead of the night at 21 points in the final minutes of the game, but treys by Yoder and Johnson along with a foul shot by Cusick for the last scores of the night clawed the Lions within 14 points for an 84-70 final.
A key part of Union's play is their battling off the glass, and the Bulldogs kept their reputation alive by outrebounding Bryan 47-26. They managed to offensively outrebound the Lions 15-4, giving way to a remarkable 22 second-chance points while Bryan only had two second-chance points.
The Lions continue AAC play when they travel to Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) on Saturday, Jan. 21, with tipoff slated for 4pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.