Uniontown, PA – Having dropped their first round game in the 2016 USCAA Basketball National Championship, the men's basketball team returned to the court today to compete in the consolation portion of the tournament. Today's action saw #7 seed Berea College matched up against the number six seeded SUNY-Canton Kangaroos.
Facing a five point deficit within the first minute of the game, Corey Wise's three point basket going through the net made the score 5-3, SUNY-Canton. The Kangaroos pushed their lead out to five once again at the 16:31 mark but a little over a minute later Richard Parker hit a three point jump shot to cut the SUNY-Canton advantage to just two, 11-9. The next seven points of the game were scored by the Kangaroos as they doubled the Mountaineers point total with 13:43 left in the half, making the score 18-9. SUNY-Canton's advantage reached 11 with 7:24 left on the clock before Berea scored seven consecutive points to move within four of the lead, 28-24. With 48 seconds until the halftime buzzer, the score became tied at 33 when Parker, who had scored seven straight points for the Mountaineers, made a layup. A split pair of free throws before the end of the half gave the Kangaroos a 34-33 advantage as each team headed to the locker rooms for halftime.
Wise came out of the half and scored the first five points for Berea, including a three point jump shot which gave the Mountaineers a three point lead, 38-35. Over the next few minutes, the teams exchanged the lead three times, with SUNY-Canton taking a 45-44 advantage at the 15:45 mark. Berea saw the lead increase to five but Shawn Williams three point shot made the score 50-48, in favor of the Kangaroos with 13:48 left in the game. The next four minutes were not kind to the Mountaineers, as they went scoreless over that time period and SUNY-Canton score eight straight points to stretch their advantage to double digits, making the score 58-48. The deficit for Berea ballooned up to 17 points and the comeback attempt fell short as the Mountaineers fell to the Kangaroos 70-55.
Pacing the way on the offensive end for Berea was Parker, finishing a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe and with 20 points for the game. Wise was the only other Mountaineer in double figures, with 13. Wise also led the efforts on the glass, finishing with eight rebounds. The team finishes the season with a 16-10 record.