Berea, KY- Eleven made three-point baskets along with 57% shooting from the field and double figure scoring from six players pushed the Mountaineers past the visiting University of Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars on the Roland Wierwille Court 108-74. The victory is the seventh straight win for the team.
The game opened to a 6-6 tie before Berea went on a 17-3 run from the combination of Richard Parker, who finished with a game-high 26 points, and Corey Wise to push ahead by 14 points, 23-9. After the Cougars pulled within eight points of the lead, one of five three-point baskets from Stephen Butts pushed their advantage back out to double digits again, 32-21. Clermont pulled back to within eight points again with 5:50 remaining in the opening half but the Mountaineers pushed their lead back out to double digits, taking their biggest lead of the first half of 18, 52-34. Berea went into the locker room for halftime with a 52-38 advantage.
The closest the Cougars came in the second half was at 15:14 mark. when they dwindled the lead down to 12 points, 61-49 before the Mountaineers defense clamped down and the offense heated up. Baskets from Gabe Hinton, Butts, Nick McCollum and Anthony Myrks-Brewer gave Berea 15 consecutive points scored to push their lead out to 27 points, 76-49. Butts last made three-point basket of the game gave the team their highest lead with 2:31 left, 101-67. Berea used 66 points in the paint and a 16-2 fastbreak points margin to walk off the Roland Wierwille Court with a 108-74 victory.
Butts was the second leading scorer for the game with 21 points while Terique Miller added 12 points and six assists, Hinton finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds, while 10 points each from Myrks-Brewer and Wise finished out the double figure scores for the Mountaineers. Myrks-Brewer also finished with six assists and four steals and Parker added four assists and two steals to his stat line. The team outrebounded their opponents 45-27 and finished with six blocks. The team also added 32 points off of 20 turnovers and 24 second chance points off of 19 offensive rebounds.
Berea (9-3) returns to the road for their next game as they travel to Wilberforce University on Saturday. Action is slated to begin at 3:00 PM.