|Jan. 25, 2017|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|2 Players (#11,#15) - 18||Points||#3 Oteriah Lee - 19|
|#10 Jorge Concepcion III - 11||Rebounds||#20 Tyler Yoder - 15|
|2 Players (#10,#15) - 5||Assists||#3 Oteriah Lee - 3|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|40.4% (23 - 57)||Field Goals %||30.1% (22 - 73)|
|22.7% (5 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||15.6% (5 - 32)|
|57.1% (12 - 21)||Free Throws||80% (8 - 10)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||10|
Dayton, Tenn. – Bryan outperformed on the boards 43-41 with a 14-6 edge in offensive rebounds, turned the ball over 10 times compared to their 11 turnovers, and had more looks at the hoop, but the Lions Men's Basketball team was unable to get into a shooting rhythm as fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent, Bluefield College (Va.), topped Bryan 63-57 Wednesday night.
Earlier in the season when these two teams met, Bluefield received the win after narrowly escaping 74-69. The Lions kept it a close battle this time around in the first half, trailing 21-20.
As the second half got underway, the Rams began to slip as the Lions tied the game 22-22 and then took the lead with a pair of free throws from Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.). Cusick continued his streak with Bryan's next two baskets, but Bluefield leveled the score once again 27-27 after hitting from behind the arc. The Rams followed going 1-of-2 at the foul line for a one-point advantage, but Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) countered from three-point territory to give the Lions their last lead of the contest.
Bluefield used a 9-0 run to silence Bryan as they never looked back. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) finished a shot in the paint to cut the deficit to seven points, 41-34, at the eight-minute mark. The Rams charged ahead with six unanswered points for their first double-digit lead of the game, 47-34. The Lions managed to close the gap to a three-possession game in the final minute with three points scored by Lee, bringing the score to 60-52. Unfortunately Bluefield knocked down enough bonus free throws to seal the game, 63-57.
Bryan struggled shooting only 30 percent from the field, 22-of-73, and could not capitalize from long range, which is a key weapon for the Lions. Bryan was just 15 percent from three-point territory. Bluefield shot 40 percent for the game and had a hard time finding success from deep as well only shooting 22 percent.
Lee led all players in scoring with 19 points, going 7-of-17 in the game, 2-of-7 from downtown, and 3-of-3 at the foul line. He also dished out a team-high three assists. Cusick followed with 12 points and ended 5-of-12. Yoder was the only other Lion to reach double-digit scoring with his second double-double of the year, consisting of 11 points after going 4-of-11, 2-of-7 from the three-point line, and corralling an impressive 15 rebounds. Dempsey chipped in eight points and seven rebounds, and Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) registered a lone three-pointer. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) each had a mere two points apiece, but they aided tremendously on the boards with Johnson scooping up eight misses and Scales securing six rebounds.
Up next the Lions face off against the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan University on Saturday, Jan. 28, with tipoff set for 4pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.