|Bryan (Tenn.) 8-18; 4-13||40||49||89|
|Point (Ga.) 2-24; 1-16||32||44||76|
|Feb. 8, 2017|
|West Point, GA|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Point (Ga.)|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 26||Points||#33 Jay Shorts, Jr. - 20|
|2 Players (#20,#24) - 7||Rebounds||#21 Andre Cinicola - 10|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 6||Assists||2 Players (#10,#12) - 4|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Point (Ga.)|
|54.4% (31 - 57)||Field Goals %||42.9% (27 - 63)|
|44% (11 - 25)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.5% (9 - 24)|
|64% (16 - 25)||Free Throws||81.3% (13 - 16)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||5|
West Point, Ga. – The Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team improved their overall record to 8-18 and Appalachian Athletic Conference record to 4-13 with an 89-76 win over the Skyhawks of Point University on Wednesday, marking a three-game win streak, which is their largest of the season. After topping Point in the beginning of January 74-67, Bryan made quick work of the Skyhawks at their place by notching a 40-32 lead at halftime that proved too much for Point. Besides the Skyhawks committing one less turnover, 14-13, the Lions had the edge in all other stats as they outrebounded Point 39-30, shot 54.4 percent from the floor compared to their 42.9 percent, and connected on 44 percent behind the arc while the Skyhawks were 37.5 percent from deep. The loss dropped Point to 2-24 overall and 1-16 in conference play.
Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) continues to provide the Lions with solid performances as he led all players with six assists and 26 points, making it his ninth 20-point game. He also pulled down five rebounds. Lee finished 8-of-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point territory, and 7-of-8 at the foul line. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) made his presence known by dropping 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, showing his threat from downtown by knocking down 4-of-8 behind the arc. He snagged four misses and handed out three assists. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) was the only other Lion with double-digits in the scoring department, compiling 19 points after going 7-of-12 in the game. He also matched Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) with a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Yoder moved the ball around and finished with four assists. Cusick was helpful on the boards and also aided with six points. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) followed with eight points and four rebounds, Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) trailed with five points and a lone board, and Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) helped with a made shot from three-point land and five rebounds.
Through the first five minutes of play, both sides remained close while vying for a chance to pull away. Following four lead changes and four ties, with the final one coming at 11-11, Johnson followed a missed shot by Fuller and capitalized on the second chance to provide the Lions with a lead that wouldn't be surrendered for the rest of the contest. The difference maker came at the 10-minute mark when Bryan turned a 19-17 advantage into a comfortable 16-point lead with a 14-0 rally. The run was sparked when Lee found Johnson for a three-pointer, followed by back-to-back baskets from Lee. Johnson continued with a score from inside, building the lead to double-digits, 28-17. Dempsey came through with a bucket from inside, and a three-point dagger from Tuck capped the run. The Skyhawks managed to cut the deficit back to single-digits at 38-30 and then 38-32, but the Lions remained ahead by eight points as the half came to a close by last second makes from Tuck on two bonus free throws, 40-32.
Bryan came out strong to begin the second half with Lee cashing in from downtown. The Lions clawed their way back to their largest leads of the game with just under 16 minutes on the clock at 52-36 and 54-38. The margin remained large for Bryan, but Point made one last attempt at a comeback with 10 left in the game. The Lions were up 66-56, but six unanswered points by the Skyhawks cut the difference to four at 66-62. Over the next two minutes, Lee took control and guarded Bryan with two treys and two made free throws. He also got help from Johnson with a three-pointer, which extended the Lion's edge to 77-64. Yoder sank a shot from deep with three minutes to go, sealing a large lead for Bryan that gave way to an 89-76 final.
The Lions look to keep the streak alive and finish the season strong in their second to last home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they battle the Cavaliers of Montreat College (N.C.) with tipoff slated for 4pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Men's Basketball schedule, click here.