Berea, KY- The men's basketball team returned to the Seabury Center for a home contest this evening. The team welcomed the Boyce College Bulldogs to the Roland Wierwille Court.
The beginning of the game saw the Bulldogs have a pre-game technical called on them, allowing the Mountaineers to take a 1-0 lead before tip-off. Dyonta Bizzle-Brown's jump shot gave Berea a 5-2 lead before adversity struck through a 16-3 run which saw the Mountaineers fall behind by ten, 18-8.
Berea overcame the pressure when a three-point play by Anthony Myrks-Brewer pulled the Mountaineers to within four, making the score 18-14 with 12:00 minutes remaining in the first half. Boyce pushed their advantage out to double digits again before Berea went on a 14-4 scoring rally, ending with a Terique Miller three-point jump shot, to cut the lead to just two points, 30-28.
Over the last four minutes of the half, Richard Parker scored nine of the last eleven points for the Mountaineers as the team trailed going into halftime 42-39. Parker finished with 15 first half point en route to a 36 point performance.
Myrks-Brewer three-point basket at the 17:48 mark of the second half tied the score at 49 each. Miller hit a pair of free throws which gave Berea their first lead of the game since the opening minutes, 51-49. The score became tied for a second time a minute later before Gabe Hinton's layup broke the tie in favor of the Mountaineers.
As the scoreboard read 64-60, Berea went on a 11-5 run to give themselves a ten point lead. The cushion would not last for the Mountaineers though as the Bulldogs scored ten straight points to tie the game at 75. Hinton's tip in off a missed three-point shot broke the final tie of the game to put the team up by two.
With the score 79-76 in favor of Berea, Austin Glasgow hit a three-point shot from the wing with the shot clock winding down to help push the team's lead out to six points, 82-76, with 2:22 remaining in the game. With the aid of six straight made free throws and a defense which forced 19 turnovers, the Mountaineers walked off the court victors, winning 88-78.
Finishing in double figure scoring along with Parker was Myrks-Brewer with 20 and Hinton with 11. Adding 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double, Hinton also finished tied with Miller and Myrks-Brewer with three assists. Four players for Berea finished with three steals; Myrks-Brewer, Hinton, Glasgow and Stephen Butts. Parker was a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line for the game.
Berea (3-3) returns to the Seabury Center on Thursday, December 1st as they open play in the Berea College Holiday Inn Express Classic. The first game takes place at 7:00 PM against Crown College on the Roland Wierwille Court.