Berea, KY- Riding a three game winning streak, #9 Berea returned to the Roland Wierwille Court earlier tonight looking to continue their momentum as they move towards an at-large bid to the USCAA National Championship. They hosted the Wilberforce University Bulldogs, a team they fell to earlier in the season on the road, in the Seabury Center.
Richard Parker's five points along with baskets from Anthony Myrks-Brewer, Terique Miller and Dyonta Bizzle-Brown pushed the Mountaineers ahead 12-2 by the 14:52 mark. A 15-1 scoring rally over the next five minutes allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead, 17-13. Nick McCollum's three-point play pushed Berea back within one point of the lead, 17-16. Berea took a brief lead off of Miller's three-pointer but saw themselves trail by seven points, 26-19, with 5:41 remaining in the half. Corey Wise's layup pulled Berea back within three, 30-27, and as Wilberforce looked as they were going to go into halftime leading by six, Parker's three-point basket cut the deficit to just three as the teams went to intermission, 33-30.
The Mountaineers scored the first six points of the second half to take a 36-35 advantage as the clock read 15:58. The score became tied again at 39 a piece before eight straight points, which included back-to-back three-point baskets from Parker, made the score 47-39. A three-point shot from Myrks-Brewer, who scored his 1000th career point as a Mountaineer tonight, followed by two free throws from him gave the team a double-digit lead, 52-42. With 6:03 remaining in the game, Berea saw their lead move to 17 points when Parker hit his sixth three-pointer of the game, making the score 70-53. Their largest lead of the game, 19 points, came when Parker's free throws gave the team a 74-55 advantage with 2:46 until the final buzzer. An Alex Atlen monstrous dunk was the final basket of the game and gave the Mountaineers a 79-63 victory, their fourth win in a row and sixth victory out of their last seven games.
Parker led all scorers with 26, including shooting 50% from behind the arc. Myrks-Brewer finished with 18 points, moving his career scoring total to 1009 points. McCollum and Bizzle-Brown finished with 10 points each. Myrks-Brewer and Wise finished as the leaders on the glass with seven each while three players (Myrks-Brewer, Wise and Miller) finished tied for the team assist total with four each.
#9 Berea (15-7) goes back on the road for their next game. The team will be traveling to Batavia, OH on Saturday as they take on fellow USCAA opponent the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, a team they beat 108-74 at the beginning of January. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 PM.