Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Berea College Splits Games at Black Tie Classic in Birmingham

Berea College went 1-1 at the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern over the weekend.

The Mountaineers (7-5) will be out of action until January 9.

Berea College 76 Belhaven University 63

Birmingham, AL - The men's basketball team competed in the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern College, held in Birmingham, AL. In their first match up of the Classic, Berea took on the Blazers of Belhaven University.

The Mountaineers fell behind quickly 8-2 after missing their first eight shots to begin the game. Berea came roaring back as they scored the next five points to cut the deficit to one. But after seeing their six point lead cut to one, the Blazers went on a 6-0 run to take a seven point advantage, 14-7 with 13:20 left in the first half. Over the next few minutes, the Mountaineers clawed their way back into the game, eventually taking their first lead of the game at 15-14 off a Dyonta Bizzle-Brown three point jump shot. With 9:38 left in the first half, Berea would take the lead and never trail again, as a Anthony Myrks lay-up gave the team a 19-18 lead and helped continue a 10-0 run which gave the team a seven point lead. The Mountaineers lead fell to three points at the 4:26 mark but the team used a 9-4 run to end the half, giving them a 36-28 lead at halftime. Dominique Garmon paced Berea in the first half with 12 points.

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Birmingham Southern 86 Berea College 73

Birmingham, AL - The second game of the Classic was against the host school Birmingham Southern College Panthers. After Berea scored the first basket of the game, the match up turned into a game of runs.  With a 2-0 lead to begin the game, the Mountaineers found themselves trailing 15-4 at the 15:03 mark caused by a 15-2 run by the Panthers. Berea scored the next five points, getting the lead down to six points on a Richard Parker three point basket, but Birmingham Southern pushed their lead out to double digits again, taking a 19 point lead at the 3:51 mark, 44-25. But the Mountaineers only went into the half trailing by 10 as they used a 12-3 run at the end of the half to make the score 47-37. Myrks led Berea in points in the first half with 16 points, 13 of which came from the charity stripe.

The runs continued for each team in the second half as Birmingham Southern used a 14-5 run to push their lead back out to 19 at the 16:27 mark, making the score 61-42. Berea responded with their own run of 20-4, which included scoring 14 straight points, to cut the Panthers lead to three, 65-62. The Panthers pushed their advantage out to 10 points, but the Mountaineers pulled another rally and cut the deficit in half, trailing 78-73 with 2:18 remaining in the game. Berea was unable to complete their comeback attempt as the Panthers held on for the 86-73 victory. Myrks led three double digit scorers with 17, along with Garmon's 16 and Parker's 13. The team leader in rebounds was Ethan Harris with 11, while Garmon and Myrks tied for team lead in assists with four each and Garmon led the team in steals again with four.

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