|Bryan (Tenn.) 9-19, 5-14 AAC||23||32||55|
|Milligan (Tenn.) 13-15, 9-11 AAC||36||43||79|
|Feb. 15, 2017|
|Milligan College, TN|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Milligan (Tenn.)|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 17||Points||#02 Daxton Bostian - 20|
|#21 Reagan Johnson - 9||Rebounds||#21 Will Buckner - 8|
|#21 Reagan Johnson - 2||Assists||#10 Jacob Waldroop - 3|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Milligan (Tenn.)|
|36.5% (23 - 63)||Field Goals %||50% (31 - 62)|
|23.5% (4 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||40.7% (11 - 27)|
|45.5% (5 - 11)||Free Throws||54.5% (6 - 11)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||6|
Elizabethton, Tenn. – The Buffaloes of Milligan College kept the Bryan College Men's Basketball team behind them in the Appalachian Athletic Conference standings with an overwhelming 79-55 victory Wednesday night, improving their overall record to 13-15 and conference record to 9-11. The loss dropped the Lions to 9-19 overall and 5-14 in AAC action.
It was Milligan's 50 percent shooting for the game, 56.7 percent in the second half, and their 42 rebounds compared to Bryan's 34 which helped them take a lead late in the first half and seal the game in convincing fashion in the final period. The Lions shot 36.5 percent from the floor and struggled behind the arc, knocking down 4-of-17 from deep. Bryan was led by Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) who provided 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and was followed by Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) with 11 points after connecting on 5-of-12. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) turned in quite performances from the scoring department as each notched four points apiece but aided on the boards as Johnson pulled down a team-high nine misses, and Yoder corralled eight rebounds. Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) went 4-of-5 for eight points and grabbed three boards. Riley Dempsey (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) tallied four points and three rebounds. Evan Ragsdale (FR/Nashville, Tenn.) had a lone three-pointer, and both Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) and Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) sank one basket for two points, respectively.
Five ties and three lead changes occurred in the first nine minutes of play, but it was Milligan who got the last say as they pulled ahead 19-18 with a fast break finish at the rim. A pair of free throws and a score from the paint gave the Buffaloes a 23-18 lead, but Lee responded with four unanswered points to cut the deficit to one, 23-22. In the final six minutes before halftime, Milligan rallied for a 13-1 run that created a 36-23 advantage heading into break.
The Lions were able to slim the margin to 43-31, but the Buffaloes countered with several runs that proved to be the difference maker. Milligan added five points to their lead, Fuller capitalized on a second-chance opportunity, and then the Buffaloes delivered a 9-0 run for a 24-point difference, making it 57-33 at the midway point of the second half. With five minutes on the clock, Bryan battled to close separation and got Milligan's lead to under 20 points, 65-48. Once again, the Buffaloes pieced together one of their numerous runs, this one coming in the form of an 8-0 change, lifting Milligan to 73-48. The home team fended off Bryan, earning a 79-55 win.
Bryan returns home on Saturday, Feb. 18, for their final game of the regular-season against fellow conference opponent Truett-McConnell University with tipoff scheduled for 4pm. The Bears will look for revenge after the Lions topped them in their previous meeting this year, 72-68.