|Bryan College 11-20||37||34||71|
|Reinhardt (Ga.) 21-8||36||42||78|
|Feb. 23, 2017|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Reinhardt (Ga.)|
|#21 Reagan Johnson - 20||Points||#3 Samuel Bunkley - 19|
|#20 Tyler Yoder - 7||Rebounds||2 Players (#3,#5) - 8|
|#3 Oteriah Lee - 8||Assists||#4 Justin Bridges - 10|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Reinhardt (Ga.)|
|43.9% (25 - 57)||Field Goals %||45% (27 - 60)|
|29.2% (7 - 24)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.5% (10 - 29)|
|70% (14 - 20)||Free Throws||60.9% (14 - 23)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||12|
Kingsport, Tenn. – The Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team looked to complete their second upset of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament but fell just shy Thursday night in a back-and-forth battle that went No. 2 seed Reinhardt University's (Ga.) way in a 78-71 final. The 10th seeded Lions defeated No. 7 seed Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) in the opening round to get to the quarterfinals. The loss concludes Bryan's season and leaves them with an overall record of 11-20. They had a 10-19 overall and 6-14 conference mark in the regular-season. Reinhardt improves to 21-8 overall and will face-off in the semis with the winner of No. 3 Montreat College (N.C.) and No. 6 Allen University (S.C.) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8pm.
Six ties, four lead changes, and the largest lead going to Bryan by five points, which all occured in the opening half, sums up the hard fought matchup that Bryan and Reinhardt displayed. Tyler Yoder (JR/Crossville, Tenn.) put the Lions on the board first with a make from deep, but the Eagles responded with a trey to tie the score 3-3. Reinhardt worked their way to an 11-10 lead before Terrance Scales (JR/Cedar Bluff, Ala.) regained control for Bryan with a successful and-one play, bringing the score to 13-11. The Eagles hung close and managed to level the score 13-13 and then eventually 24-24 midway through the opening period. Reagan Johnson (JR/Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) knocked down a shot behind the arc and was followed with a bucket from Brice Cusick (JR/Jefferson City, Tenn.) under the goal for a 29-24 edge. The lead didn't last long though, as a three-pointer and basket from the paint for the Eagles evened the score 29-29. Both teams took a turn from downtown to make it 32-32, and then they each capitalized inside to grow the score to 34-34 with four and a half minutes until the break. In the final minutes before halftime it was quite offensively. A free throw by Caleb Tuck (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) and a pair sunk by Oteriah Lee (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) put Bryan on top 37-34. At the one-minute mark, Reinhardt scored off a second chance opportunity for the last bucket of the half, with the Lions maintaining a 37-36 advantage.
As the second half got underway, Reinhardt made a quick three-pointer for a 39-37 lead. Scales registered the next make for Bryan with a fastbreak finish off a steal by Lee, marking the last tie of the game at 39-39. Lee followed it with a shot from inside, taking advantage of another turnover by the Eagles for the the Lion's last look at the lead. The Eagles countered with a three-pointer to regain the edge, 42-41, and never looked back despite a close margin for the rest of the game. Reinhardt built their largest lead to nine points, 57-48, with 10:02 on the clock. The closest the Lions would come to the Eagles would be with just under three minutes left to play when Cusick scored inside to draw within one point, 65-64. Two back-to-back scores put a five-point gap between Bryan and Reinhardt with 1:27 to go, 69-64. After a free throw by the Eagles, Johnson gave the Lions one last glimpse of hope with a deep trey for a three-point difference, 70-67, with only 23 seconds left of play. One free throw and second-chance score for Reinhardt forced Bryan into fouling in the final seconds. The Eagles went on to add to their lead, finishing with a 78-71 victory.
Johnson finished with a team-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, going 4-of-8 behind the arc, and added six rebounds. Lee followed with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and led the team with eight assists. The only other Lion to record double-digits was Yoder with 10 points. He also chipped in a team-high seven boards. Both Scales and Cusick ended with nine points apiece. Dempsey aided with five points and two rebound, while Wray Fuller (JR/Jackson, Tenn.) had two points and Tuck tallied one point. As a team, the Lions shot 43.9 percent for the game compared to the Eagle's 45 percent. The rebound battle went Reinhardt's way 41-32. Both teams committed 14 turnovers, respectively.
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