Berea, KY- The men's basketball team looked to return to their winning ways against the visiting Kentucky Christian University Knights this evening on the Roland Wierwille Court in the Seabury Center. The team came into the contest ranked as the sixth best team in the USCAA.
Berea came out ablazing as they scored the first five points of the game off a Richard Parker three-point basket and a pair of free throws from Dyonta Bizzle-Brown to lead 5-0. A 9-3 run over a two minute span, which included a three-point play from Stephen Butts and an Anthony Myrks-Brewer's layup gave the Mountaineers their largest lead of the half 18-10. The eight point lead was soon cut to just two until Myrks-Brewer jump shot pushed it back out to four points. With 9:34 remaining in the half, Berea's lead of one point was pushed to three points on Parker's jump shot before a four-point play by the Knights put them ahead 26-25. Trailing 29-25, four straight points from Corey Wise, the leading scorer of the game with 28 points, tied the game at 29 each, before a pair of free throws from Parker put the Mountaineers ahead 31-29. Wise's shots from the charity stripe pushed Berea ahead by six points, 38-32, before a 7-2 run by the Knights cut the lead to just one point, 40-39, as the halftime buzzer sounded.
KCU opened the second half with the first basket and moved ahead by four points over the next few minutes to lead 48-44, prompting a timeout by the Mountaineers. Berea came out of the timeout and used a 5-2 run ending with a Parker three-point jump shot to move within one point of the lead, 50-49. A 15-1 scoring rally by the Knights gave them their largest margin of the game of 15 points, 65-50, with 12:09 remaining. Terique Miller hit a three-point shot which sparked a 17-4 run for the Mountaineers to pull them within two points of the deficit, 69-67. Berea was unable to continue the run to tie the game as KCU broke the scoring run, pulling ahead by four. The Mountaineers were unable to pull any closer to overtaking the lead and went on to fall by a final score of 94-85.
Berea had three other players finishing in double-figure scoring along with Wise: Parker (18), Miller (13) and Myrks-Brewer (11). Wise and Bizzle-Brown finished tied for the lead with seven rebounds each while three players (Parker, Myrks-Brewer and Miller) tied as the assists leader, finishing with 2 a piece.
The loss moves the team's record to 9-5 as they return to the road for their next action against future USA South Conference opponent Piedmont College on Friday. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and live video can be seen at http://www.piedmontlions.com/watch/?Live=503. Live stats of the action can be found at http://www.sidearmstats.com/piedmont/mbball/.