Thursday, January 15, 2015

Berea College Improves to 10-2 with Win Over Bluefield

Berea College 84
Bluefield College 75

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by Berea:

The Berea College Mountaineers put its five game winning streak on the line tonight when it hosted the Rams of Bluefield College in the Seabury Center. It was all BC through most of the first half as Richard Parker was red-hot from behind the 3-point line, going 5-8 and scoring 17 points in the opening stanza. Aaron Ponder was also hot early knocking down both of his 3-point attempts. Berea shot a torrid 52% in the first half including 53% from long range that gave them at one time a 24 point lead.

A big shift in momentum occurred with 4:11 left in the half when Parker intercepted a Ram pass, and darted to his basket. 6'5" senior forward Devin Page took off in pursuit and committed a hard foul on the 6'1" Parker pushing him into the basket support. Tempers flared, but calm was restored with Parker receiving a technical and Page a flagrant foul-1. Order may have been restored, but Berea's red-hot shooting touch was gone. The Rams closed on a 14-3 run to end the half 47-34.

The second half was an intense, physical back and forth affair. About mid-way through the half the game nearly got away from the Blue Crew when senior Daishon Robinson picked up a player-control foul at mid-court, then promptly picked up a technical foul. The Rams would convert that opportunity and cut the BC lead to less than 10 points. From there, a couple of quick 3-pointers and the Berea lead was just two.

The Blue Crew faithful took it upon themselves to inject some much needed energy into their team. With 4:32 remaining, Coach John Hemenway called for "elbow" as Seth Beckham brought the ball up to a high screen by London Moore. Moore rolled to the basket, took the feed from Beckham and threw down a thunderous dunk as the Ram defenders could only look on. That play keyed a 10-0 run that would propel the Mountaineers to the 10th win on the season.

Moore would lead the way with a double-double, scoring a team high 21 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Parker finished the game with 18 points, 17 of which were scored in the first half. Robinson just missed his own double-double as he scored 13 points and dished nine assists.

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