Bluefield uses relentless 2nd-half to bury Milligan late in 95-86 win
The Bluefield win pushes them into contention for big #1-3 contests over the weekend.
Sports Information Department BC
January 31, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Rams brushed off a poor first half and poured it on late in the game to come from behind to beat Milligan College 95-86 in front of packed Dome Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Bluefield was in a funk in the first half. But so was Milligan. Both teams exchanged numerous misses to start the game, but finally got settled in about half-way through the first half.
The score was fairly close most of the first half until 5:00 showed on the clock and Kyle Grisby got loose from Bluefield's close eye. At 19-18, Milligan was able to extend their lead on Bluefield with back-to-back three pointers from Grisby to extend their lead to eight points.
On the other end, Bluefield relied on a variety of players to contribute including Board, Carpenter, Wilson and Williams. Unfortunately, Grisby stole the show for the Buffaloes gathering 19 points at the half as Milligan led 45-38 over Bluefield.
Great coaches make the appropriate changes at halftime, and Coach Morgan did just that. The Rams looked like a much different team in the second-half with an reenergized defensive mindset. For the first 13 minutes of the second half, Bluefield only allowed Milligan's top shooter (Grisby) only one point.
The tale of two halves brought Byron Carpenter new life. He slowly, yet steadily found his way inside the paint on 1v1 matchups and took advantage of those when he could. He finished with a game high 28 points. Marion also started off slow, but got going late as well--just when Bluefield needed it most.
At the 15:02 mark, Marion helped jump start the rally to take their first lead in over 14 minutes of action. He made a jumpshot and a three, followed by two of Carpenters' buckets to give Bluefield a 59-58 lead.
The unselfish play of both Marion and Wilson played a huge role in the large point total for Carpenter, who was double-teamed most of the game. While the outside shooting was average, M'bala only finished with eight points on the night. Shortridge and Jordan also picked up some big time minutes for Bluefield on the night as well.
Early free-throw shooting doomed Bluefield, but the Rams picked it up late in the contest when it counted most. The Rams finished a hefty 30-42 from the FT line, while shooting 51% from the floor on the night.
Bluefield also won the turnover battle as well. The Rams only surrounded 14 turnovers, while creating 21 (+7) for the Buffaloes.
High Scorers: Carpenter (28), Marion (20) and Wilson (16).