Sunday, November 30, 2014

Former Berea College Assistant Leads Embry-Riddle to Win in Homecoming Game

Embry-Riddle 66
Berea College 54

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

Berea College hosted its annual Homecoming festivities earlier this month, but today's men's basketball tilt between the Eagles of Embry-Riddle University and the Berea College Mountaineers was a homecoming in its own right. The ERU head coach is Steve Ridder and is a Class of 1981 alumnus and former Mountaineer assistant coach. Today was his first game at Berea College since he departed in the early 80's and was played on the court that bears the name of his former coach, boss and more importantly mentor, Roland Wierwille.

Ridder's Eagles are a big and physical team and came into the game with a 7-0 record. The Mountaineers were up for the challenge as the two team battled to a near stalemate through the first half. ERU took a lead of 31-30 to the locker room after both teams' defensive pressure resulted in a mutual 30% shooting percentage from the floor and 50% from behind the 3-point line.

The Eagles would come out strong in the second stanza scoring the first six points, all in the paint, before Aaron Ponder ended the run with a jump shot. From there BC would retake the lead on a Bilal Young low post jumper of his own to make the score 44-43. After a Ridder timeout, the Eagles would again turn to their low post game and what ensued was a 9-2 run and more importantly the consumption of over five minutes off the clock, that left the only final score in doubt.

Berea College was once again led by Richard Parker who scored 12 points, while London Moore tossed in 10. Moore would also lead the Mountaineers in rebounding with eight.

The Blue Crew will be back in action on Monday when they host Boyce College of Louisville at 7:00 pm at the Seabury Center.

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