Wilmore, KY- After the passing of Winter Storm Jonas, the men's basketball team returned to the road after a week off the court. This time the team traveled to Wilmore, KY to take on former KIAC foe and rival, the Asbury University Eagles and begin a new win streak.
Berea raced out to a quick 4-0 advantage and kept the lead until 16:47 hit the clock and Asbury tied the game at six. Anthony Myrks broke the tie with a three point basket but Asbury came back and tied it 9-9 with a basket from behind the arc. The Mountaineers trailed for the first time in the game at the 15:09 mark when the Eagles hit a two point basket to make the score 11-9. Dyonta Bizzle-Brown's basket at the 10:33 caused the third tie of the game at 15-15. Berea could not turn the tie in their favor as Asbury used a 9-4 run to break the tie and take a 24-17 advantage at the 6:49 mark. Myrks jump shot with 5:29 left in the half helped cut the deficit to just four, making the score 25-21, Asbury. A 16-10 run in favor of the Eagles sent the Mountaineers into halftime trailing 41-31.
Berea began the second half by cutting Asbury's lead to six, scoring the first four points of the half to make the score 41-33. Richard Parker, the leading scorer in the USCAA, was held to just two points in the first half but found his groove in the second half, scoring 10 of the first 14 points of the half for the Mountaineers, including two three point shots, to help cut the lead to three. After seeing their lead diminish, the Eagles once again pushed their lead out to eight, but Berea came roaring back again tying the score 57-57 with 10:33 left off Myrks' jump shot. This time the Mountaineers turned the tie in their favor as Tyler Huff hit a jump shot a little over a minute later to give Berea their first lead since the 16:14 mark in the first half. With 9:07 remaining until the final buzzer, the game turned into a back and forth affair as the two teams exchanged the lead and tied five times each, before Asbury took the lead with 1:05 left in the game and never relinquished it, going on to win the game 77-72.
Berea had three players score in double digits, with Myrks leading the way with 19 points. The other two Mountaineers to finish in double digits was Parker (17) and Corey Wise (14). Ethan Harris led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds, followed by Huff with eight. Myrks also finished with six assists and five steals.
The team returns to the court Saturday, January 30th with an 11-7 record as they host Wilberforce University at the Seabury Center Arena. The action is set to begin at 1:00 PM.