Berea, KY- For the second week in a row, the men's basketball entered a contest as the #7 ranked team in the USCAA Men's Basketball Division I Coaches Poll. Berea welcomed the Colonels of Centre College to the Roland Wierwille Court at the Seabury Center
The game saw the Mountaineers race out to a 13-5 lead as four different players scored baskets for the team (Anthony Myrks-Brewer, Dyonta Bizzle-Brown, Gabe Hinton and Corey Wise). Berea went scoreless over the next three minutes as Centre scored 10 points in that span to take a 15-13 lead. Richard Parker's back-to-back three-point baskets tied the game at 19 points each with 11:42 remaining in the first half.
Wise's free throw tied the game 20-20 before one of Terique Miller's five three-point shots sparked a 9-3 scoring run to push the Mountaineers ahead 29-23. Five straight points brought the Colonels within one until Miller hit another three-point basket and Wise hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to six, 34-28. Berea relinquished the lead as Centre scored 13 of the next 19 points to take a 41-40 advantage. Nick McCollum hit a pair of free throws to tie the game 44-44 before Miller's three-point basket as time expired signaling halftime gave the Mountaineeers a 47-44 advantage.
Berea scored the first basket of the second half before the Colonels scored six straight points to take a one point lead, 50-49. The teams exchanged the lead over the next couple of minutes until Parker's layup gave Berea the 16th and final lead change of the game, 62-61. Wise's layup at the 14:31 mark sparked a 10-2 run for the Mountaineers which pushed them ahead by double digits for the first time, 74-63. Centre pushed back within eight points before Bizzle-Brown's jump shot and Miller's three-point shot extended the Berea advantage to 13 points, 84-71. As the Colonels cut the lead back to nine points, Bizzle-Brown scored four straight points to move the Mountaineers lead out to double digits again, 93-80. Wise's free throw with 40 seconds left in the game gave the team their largest lead of the game of 15, 100-85, the first time this season Berea has broken triple digit points. The team walked off the Roland Wierwille Court with a 100-87 victory to move their record to 8-3, their sixth straight win.
Parker paced the offense with 24 points, including 18 off of 6-9 shooting from behind the arc. Wise (21), Miller (15), Bizzle-Brown (14) and Myrks-Brewer (10) also finished in double digits scoring for the Mountaineers. Jair Jackson led the rebounding effort for Berea finishing with eight rebounds, including four on the offensive end. Parker collected seven assists while Bizzle-Brown finished the game with three blocks. Berea shot 53.3% for the game, scored 21 points off 11 forced turnovers and outscored Centre in the paint 36-18.
The team returns to the Roland Wierwille Court on Thursday, January 5th as they welcome USCAA opponent University of Cincinnati-Clermont. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 PM.