BEREA, Ky – The Mountaineers won their third straight game, defeating the Hiwassee Tigers, 83-75, at home.
The start of the first half proved difficult for the Mountaineers to find their rhythm offensively. Hiwassee came out strong, hitting a three-point field goal on their first possession of the game. Berea kicked off their scoring with a free-throw by Dyllan Harper. After another made shot by the Tigers and a missed attempt for the Mountaineers on the other end, Corey Wise came up with a steal and was fouled on a lay-up attempt. Wise hit his free-throw bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of the Tigers. The Mountaineers were then able to swing things in their favor with a field goal by Wise, followed by a three-pointer for Bizzle Brown, which was assisted by Anthony Myrks. This gave Berea their first lead of the game, 7-5. Hiwassee was able to regain a two point lead after back-to-back field goals with 12:39 remaining in the half. Unsatisfied, Richard Parkerdrained a shot from behind the arc off of an assist from Shawn Williams, followed by a made lay-up for Wise, putting Berea back up 12-9. Hiwassee was able to hit another shot, bringing them within one, but Wise scored, giving Berea the three point advantage, 14-11. The Tigers then hit two shots, which gave them a one-point lead, 15-14. Then, Berea's Ethan Harris scored to put the Mountaineers back on top by one, but Hiwassee came back with a three-pointer to once again take the lead, 18-16, with 8:27 left in the half. Despite several more made shots by the Mountaineers, the Tigers held the lead for the remainder of the first half. Richard Parker hit a jump shot right before time expired in the half, which put Berea within 2, but the Mountaineers headed into the locker room down, 30-28. At the half, Corey Wise led Berea in points, with 12, while Parker had a team-high three rebounds and Myrks had two assists. Berea's largest lead of the half was three points, while Hiwassee led by eight.
Berea came out of halftime with strong shooting, tying the game at 30 almost immediately with a shot by Parker. Hiwassee was able to hit another three-pointer, but Wise hit a two-point field goal shortly after, keeping Berea within one, 33-32. From this point, both teams found their stride, contributing to the game's six ties and 11 lead changes. With the game tied at the 13:54 mark, a lay-up by Myrks gave Berea a two point advantage, 44-42. The Mountaineers held the lead until Hiwassee scored a basket with 9:42 remaining, once again putting them up by one, 48-47. Parker was then fouled, sinking his two free throws to give Berea another one point lead with 9:36 to play. A made shot by the Tigers put them up 50-49, but that would be the last time they held the lead for the remainder of the game. The Mountaineers really started to pull away with five minutes remaining, where they went up by 12, 70-58, after two made foul shots by Myrks and a three-pointer for Parker. Hiwassee tried to battle back, but the Mountaineers proved to be too much to handle, gaining their largest lead of 13 (75-62) after a made shot from beyond the arc for Bizzle Brown with 2:43 left to play in the game. The Tigers, once again, attempted to close the gap, but Berea matched their largest lead, 13, at the 2:00 mark, 77-64. At that point, the Tigers tried to rely on their three-point shooting and fouling to keep them in the game, getting the score to as close as six points, but they were unable to make a comeback because of clutch free throws from Parker and Myrks. The game ended with a final score of 83-75, Berea on top. Richard Parker led all scorers with 27 points, followed closely by Corey Wise, who had a career-high 20 points and also led the team with nine rebounds. Anthony Myrks had a team-high, nine assists.
The Mountaineers have now won three in a row. They will look to continue that streak at home on Tuesday, when they take on Kentucky Christian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00PM.