Uniontown, PA- The men's basketball team returned to the court this evening to play in their first round match up in the 2016 USCAA Basketball National Championship. They entered the tournament as the #7 seed and took on the #2 seed Washington Adventist University Shock.
Berea scored the first six points of the game, with four of the points coming from Corey Wise. The momentum shifted in favor of the Shock when they used a 9-2 run to take a one point lead at the 15:08 mark, 9-8. Tyler Huff's lay up gave the Mountaineers possession of the lead but back-to-back three point baskets by Washington Adventist took the lead from Berea and forced a five point deficit with 13:12 on the clock. A three point basket from Anthony Myrks cut the Shock's lead to just two to make the score 15-13 before a 11-3 run for Washington Adventist gave them a double digit lead, 26-16, with 8:55 left before the halftime buzzer. The Shock's lead reached as high as 15 at the 1:49 mark, but the Mountaineers headed to the locker room down 13 after Ethan Harris made a lay up with four seconds left in the half, trailing 38-25.
The deficit Berea faced coming out of halftime quickly decreased as the Mountaineers opened the half on a 10-0 run, including back-to-back three point baskets from Corey Wise, to make the score 38-35. forcing a Washington Adventist time out. The Shock came out of the time out and extended their lead back out to double digits using a 9-2 run with 15:52 on the clock. Richard Parker's lay up at the 11:39 made the score 52-47, cutting the Washington Adventist lead in half. A pair of free throws from Myrks and Parker helped keep the deficit at just four, but the Shock pushed their lead out to nine with 5:09 remaining in the game. Berea clawed back as Wise's three point shot and Harris' split from the charity stripe put the Mountaineers down by just three, 72-69, with 18 seconds remaining in the game. The comeback attempt fell short though as Berea fell in the first round by a final score of 75-71.
Wise led the scoring efforts for the Mountaineers, finishing with 22 points. Parker added 16 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line while Huff finished with 10 points. Dyonta Bizzle-Brown finished with eight rebounds to lead Berea on the glass, while Myrks was the team leader in assists with six.
The loss moves the team's record to 16-9 and into the consolation bracket of the tournament. The team will play the #6 seed SUNY-Canton tomorrow, March 3rd at 10:00 AM. Live stats and video can be seen here.