Athens, Tenn. – After struggling shooting the ball in their last contest, the Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team were unable to find success on the offensive end once again on Saturday in an Appalachian Athletic Conference meeting against the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan. The Lions managed to complete 40.7 percent in the first half, but were 0-of-7 behind the arc. In the second half, Bryan went 4-of-16 from deep and 13-of-40 from the floor. The Bulldogs finished the game at a mark of 46.6 percent and were 40.9 percent from deep. Along with notable shooting, Tennessee Wesleyan also got the edge in rebounds 44-36. One area of the game that Bryan controlled was in turnovers, keeping to a mere eight while forcing Tennessee Wesleyan into 16.
Ultimately it was a surge by the Bulldogs in the latter part of the first half that sealed the game for Tennessee Wesleyan. At the seven minute-mark in the opening period, the Lions trailed by one point, 21-20. With three and a half minutes until halftime, Bryan was outscored 12-2. The rally by the home team provided them a 15-point advantage going into the break, 43-28.
The Bulldogs continued their dominating play, securing their largest lead of the game with 14:06 remaining, 55-33. A pair of treys by Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) in the final minutes helped cut the deficit to 10 points with two minutes on the clock, 68-58, but Tennessee Wesleyan capitalized on bonus free throws and swiped a key steal to take any hope away from Bryan. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) knocked down a three-pointer for the last score of the game as the Bulldogs earned a 74-63 win.
Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) and Lee matched for a team-high 16 points apiece, and each collected four rebounds, respectively. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) totaled 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and led all Lions with six boards. Yoder was 3-of-9 for 10 points and chipped in five rebounds. The only other scores came from Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) with four points and Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) with two points. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) came up empty in points, but he aided with five rebounds and team-high three assists.
Bryan stays on the road Tuesday, when they travel just up the road to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on Johnson University with tipoff at 7pm. The Lions overwhelmed the Royals in their last meeting during the first week of December, when Bryan took it with a 107-92 final.
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