Berea, KY- This afternoon saw the conclusion of the Berea College Holiday Inn Express Classic in the Seabury Center. Today's contest saw the #12 Mountaineers, ranked this past Friday in the first week of the USCAA Division I basketball poll, walk off the Roland Wierwille Court with a 86-63 victory against the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University.
The shooting for Berea started well as three of the first four baskets for the Mountaineers were from behind the arc, giving them a early 11-4 advantage. Richard Parker's jump shot with 12:18 remaining in the half gave Berea their first double digit lead 18-7. Oakland City pulled to within six points of the lead at the 7:42 mark, 19-13, before the Mountaineers went on a 24-6 run over the remaining minutes of the half which included three baskets behind the three-point line from Stephen Butts to go into the intermission with a 43-19 lead. The defense for Berea held the Mighty Oaks to just six made baskets while picking up eight steals in the first half.
Corey Wise, along with Anthony Myrks-Brewer and Jair Jackson, aided Berea in opening the second half with a 6-1 run to extend the Mountaineers advantage to 29 points, 49-20. Berea's lead broke the 30 point mark when Parker's three point play gave the team a 65-34 lead. The highest lead of the game for Berea came with 5:29 remaining in the game when Gabe Hinton hit a jump shot to make the score 79-44, making Oakland City's deficit 35 points. The day ended with the Mountaineers going 2-0 in the Berea College Holiday Inn Express Classic and on a three game winning streak, giving the team their fifth win of the season.
Parker led all scorers with 22 points, while Myrks-Brewer and Dyonta Bizzle-Brown added 18 points and 10 points respectively. The bench provided 29 points for Berea, led by Butts' 11. Myrks-Brewer finished with a team-high six rebounds and was tied for the team lead in assists with Terique Miller with four. The stingy defense of the Mountaineers limited the Mighty Oaks to just 32.7% shooting from the field while Berea shot 51.8 percent, including 40.7% from behind the arc.
The team travels to Louisville, KY for their next game as they will face Spalding University on their home court on Tuesday, December 6th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Follow all the action here.