|Bryan College 5-15, 2-10 AAC||29||43||72|
|Truett McConnell (Ga.) 10-11, 5-7 AAC||30||38||68|
|Jan. 21, 2017|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Truett McConnell (Ga.)|
|#21 Reagan Johnson - 23||Points||#5 David Campbell - 25|
|2 Players (#10,#24) - 5||Rebounds||#21 Jacob Booke - 9|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 5||Assists||#1 Christian Davis - 5|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Truett McConnell (Ga.)|
|41% (25 - 61)||Field Goals %||40% (22 - 55)|
|53.3% (16 - 30)||3 Point Field Goals %||41.7% (10 - 24)|
|100% (6 - 6)||Free Throws||73.7% (14 - 19)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||3|
Cleveland, Ga. – Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) cashed in a career-high seven three-pointers on 13 attempts, making him the leading scorer with 21 points, as he guided the Bryan Lions Men's Basketball team to a significant 72-68 win against Appalachian Athletic Conference foe, Truett-McConnell University, on Saturday afternoon. Johnson ranks in the top-5 in the AAC in three-point percentage (42.3 percent), total three-pointers made with 58, and three-pointers made per game at 2.9. His 2.9 made per game ranks him nationally in the top-50. He also secured four rebounds and two assists in the victory.
Behind Johnson was Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) who tallied a team-high five assists, 19 points, three rebounds, and three steals. Lee was 7-of-14 for the game and 3-of-5 behind the arc. The only other Lion to reach double-digits was Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) who dropped 10 points after shooting 3-of-6, 2-of-3 which came from downtown. Tuck matched Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) with five rebounds, respectively, as both led the Lions in the category. Cusick chipped in seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. Wray fuller followed with five points, while Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) and Evan Ragsdale (FR/Nashville, Tenn.) collected three points apiece. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) was Bryan's only other scorer with two points.
Despite the Bears producing notable shooting percentages for the game, it proved not good enough as the Lions connected on 41 percent for the game, 53.3 percent in three-point land, and a perfect 6-of-6 at the foul line. Truett-McConnell finished 40 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from deep, and 14-of-19 on free throws. Bryan also surrendered less turnovers as they gave up seven compared to Truett-McConnell's 12. The Bear's area of the game where they had an edge was the boards as they outrebounded the Lions 37-29.
It was an extremely close game with both sides seeing a total of five ties and 17 lead changes. Truett-McConnell struck first following the tipoff with back-to-back treys that gave way to a 16-5 lead for the Bears through the first six minutes of play. Three's by Yoder, Tuck, and Johnson cut the difference to 19-14 at the 12-minute mark. Truett-McConnell managed to get a quick bucket on the other end of the court, but it would be the last one before Bryan rallied for a 10-0 run, gaining a 24-21 advantage. The Bears were successful in slowing the Lions and eventually regained a 27-26 lead with two and a half minutes until halftime. As the clock dropped to under a minute, Lee came up with a huge three-pointer to give Bryan a 29-27 lead. It seemed as if the Lions would be in front heading into the break, but an unfortunate steal and make from outside allowed Truett-McConnell to capture a 30-29 edge as the first half wrapped up.
As the second half got underway, the Bears battled for a nine-point lead, 48-39. The Lions countered with a three-ball from both Lee and Johnson to bring Bryan within three points. Another trey sank by Johnson with eight and a half minutes to go put Bryan ahead by four points, 58-54. That moment was the last time of the game that it was a two-score difference until the final point of the contest. Eight lead changes and four ties occurred in the concluding eight minutes. The first lead change didn't last long as successful three-point baskets by Johnson and Tuck had Bryan back ahead, but the Bears answered with two made three's of their own. Leveled 64-64, Lee scored in the paint to provide the Lions with a 66-64 lead with five minutes remaining. Once again, Truett-McConnell handled the pressure and recorded another shot from behind the arc to retake the advantage. An offensive foul on the Bears allowed Lee to add to his total with another basket underneath, 68-67. One made free throw by Truett-McConnell brought the score to 68-68 with 1:33 in the game. As the final minute ran down, both teams had looks for the go-ahead score, but the deciding factor came on a steal from Lee. He drew a foul after he swiped the ball, went to the foul line, and he made the front and back side of the bonus free throws for a 70-68 Bryan lead with under 30 seconds left. Truett-McConnell took three shots after corralling two misses, but all were off target as Tuck pulled down the last board. He was fouled and made both foul shots to seal a 72-68 victory for the Lions.
The win was the second conference victory for Bryan as they improved to 2-10 in AAC play and 5-15 overall, while Truett-McConnell dropped their conference record to 5-7 and overall record to 10-11.
Montreat College (N.C.) hosts Bryan in their next AAC matchup on Monday, Jan. 23, with tipoff set for 7:30pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.