|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#1 Alonzo Mobley - 23||Points||#32 Riley Dempsey - 22|
|#1 Alonzo Mobley - 5||Rebounds||#3 Oteriah Lee - 7|
|2 Players (#4,#15) - 3||Assists||2 Players (#3,#21) - 7|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|47.3% (26 - 55)||Field Goals %||48.3% (28 - 58)|
|33.3% (6 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||31.8% (7 - 22)|
|73.7% (14 - 19)||Free Throws||75% (18 - 24)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||10|
Dayton, Tenn. – The Bryan College Men's Basketball team completed the sweep of fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Montreat College (N.C.) following a 78-62 win on the women's side earlier on Saturday. Last month the Cavaliers edged out the Lions 87-76, but the Lion's rebounding and impressive 48.3 percent shooting overwhelmed Montreat as Bryan got the 81-72 win in their rematch. The Lions are second to last in the AAC standings after improving to 9-18 overall and 5-13 in conference play, while Montreat is No. 3 with an overall record of 19-7 and AAC record of 12-7.
The Lions battled for an early lead to begin the first half and controlled the game midway through the period to an eventual double-digit lead, but the Cavaliers rallied for a 14-3 run to turn a 25-14 Bryan lead into a tie ballgame at 28-28 with three and a half minutes till halftime. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) followed with a successful and-one play to put the Lions ahead 31-28. Montreat countered with a three-pointer on the opposite end, leveling the score 31-31. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) was Bryan's go-to person in the game as he made a move in the paint for two points and followed with a lone free throw to give the Lions a 34-31 lead with 2:17 to go. Unfortunately the Cavaliers managed to score the final five points, taking a 36-34 advantage into the break.
Bryan gained momentum early as the second half unfolded with back-to-back treys from Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) and Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.). Johnson found Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) on a beautiful cut to the basket, which tied the contest 42-42. Montreat responded with a score, but it would be the last lead they would own as Yoder capitalized inside and Fuller scored at the rim, allowing Bryan to regain the lead 46-44. The Cavaliers showed enough determination to even the score at 51-51 and 54-54, but Dempsey silenced Montreat with consecutive makes from in the paint, followed by a fast break finish by Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) for a 60-54 Bryan advantage. With just under two minutes left to play, the Cavaliers cut the deficit to five at 77-72, but significant defensive stops by the Lions and two made free throws in the bonus by both Fuller and Lee helped Bryan seal the 81-72 win.
Dempsey finished with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead the Lions in scoring, and he also aided with five rebounds. Lee Followed with 15 points, pulled down a team-high seven boards, and matched Johnson for a team-leading seven assists. Fuller was 4-of-8 from the floor for 12 points, grabbed six misses, and tallied three assists. Cusick registered 11 points and five rebounds, and Yoder was the only other Lion to have double-digit scoring with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Scales corralled four rebounds and scored six points, while Johnson added five points and three rebounds.
The Lions dominated the boards as they outrebounded the Cavaliers 36-23, allowing Montreat only three offensive rebounds. Bryan shot 48.3 percent for the game compared to Montreat's 47.3 percent. The difference maker came in the second half when the Lions exploded for 47 points after connecting on 51.6 percent of their shots and sinking 10-of-10 at the free throw line.
For the final road game of the season, AAC school Milligan College (Tenn.) plays host to Bryan on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with tipoff set for 7:30pm. The Lion's last home game, also the final contest of the regular season, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4pm, against conference opponent Truett-McConnell College (Ga.).