|Jan. 23, 2017|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Montreat (N.C.)|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 25||Points||#12 Terrell Sheffey - 18|
|#20 Tyler Yoder - 8||Rebounds||#1 Alonzo Mobley - 12|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 3||Assists||#1 Alonzo Mobley - 6|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Montreat (N.C.)|
|46.6% (27 - 58)||Field Goals %||50% (29 - 58)|
|52.6% (10 - 19)||3 Point Field Goals %||44.4% (12 - 27)|
|70.6% (12 - 17)||Free Throws||85% (17 - 20)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||18|
Montreat, N.C. – The Bryan College Men's Basketball team fell to 5-16 overall and 2-11 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play, while Montreat College continues to hold down 2nd position in conference with an 87-76 win over the Lions to improve their overall record to 16-4 and AAC record to 9-4.
Bryan dominated Montreat as the first half got underway with the help of Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.)'s team-leading 25-point performance. Lee was 10-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 behind the arc, 2-of-2 at the foul line, and dished out a team-high three assists. Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) followed with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 1-of-2 from deep, 4-of-4 in free throws, and three rebounds. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) finished out the double-digit scoring with 12 points going 4-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-5 from three-point territory, and he grabbed three rebounds. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) was close to a double-double with nine points, all being scored from downtown, and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) notched seven points and five boards, Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) ended with six points and three rebounds, and Clay Hertel (SO/Louisville, Ky.) aided with two points and a pair of boards.
Both sides showed efficient shooting with Montreat getting the edge at 50 percent and Bryan trailing close at 46.6 percent. The Lions showed better range bettering the Cavaliers 52.6 percent behind the arc compared to their 44.4 percent. A significant helper for Montreat was their 85 percent free throw shooting, completing 17-of-20. The Cavaliers also controlled the boards 34-27 and had one less turnover than Bryan, 15-14. The ball movement was impressive by Montreat as they produced 15 assists, while Bryan collected six.
The Lions got hot quick to begin the first half turning a 4-4 tie into a 19-7 lead with consecutive three-pointers by Cusick, two by Johnson, and two by Yoder. There was no stopping Bryan until the Cavaliers were down 28-17 and leveled the score 32-32 with a 15-4 run. Both sides battled back and forth with three ties and three lead changes in the final five minutes, but Montreat outlasted Bryan heading into halftime 44-42.
The Cavaliers took to the hardwood in the second half and never looked back as they surged ahead with an 18-4 run for a 62-46 advantage with 12:52 on the clock. At the 11-minute mark, Montreat managed their largest lead for the game 69-52. With just under four minutes, the Lions were able to cut the deficit to single-digits with baskets by Johnson and Lee, but the Cavaliers remained poised and took back a comfortable lead that was steady until the final score, 87-76.
The Lions are back at home on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with tipoff slated 7:30pm against the Rams of Bluefield College (Va.). In their earlier meeting this season, Bluefield outlasted Bryan 74-69.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.