Hot shooting helps Rams cruise past Montreat 96-83
Bluefield returns 'favor' to Montreat in home series game on the season
Sports Information Department BC
February 9, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The men's basketball team cruised past Montreat College on Wednesday night at the Dome gymansium 96-83 using a mid-game outburst to finish off the Cavaliers early in the game.
Bluefield returned back to its winning ways after dropping two straight conference games dating back to its last win at home over Milligan. This time it came against rivals, Montreat College. Montreat beat Bluefield back in early Jan in overtime in North Carolina, which inevitably gave Morgan's side huge motivation for the rematch game.
Throughout the first half, the Rams slowly gained a larger lead on the Cavaliers as they half continued to wind down. The post-play of Carpenter, O'boute and Williams played a huge factor in the first half, as the three 'big men' had great contribution for Bluefield.
With 1:19 left to play, Borgia M'bala drained a 3-pointer and was fouled. He completed the four-point play as the Rams led 37-24 in the half. M'bala came right back with a buzzer-beater field goal as the horn rang to extend the BC lead to 41-27 at the break.
The Rams didn't let off the pedal as they second half got underway. Consecutive baskets by Bluefield including a long-range three by Wilson, a silky-floater by M'bala and two field goals by Carpenter helped increase the margin for Bluefield just five minutes in the 2nd half. Bluefield's 14-2 run on Montreat gave them a 55-29 lead with 14:00 to play.
Bluefield was able to force several early second-half turnovers, as Marion and Wilson exploited the Cavaliers' weakness. Wilson's transition three with 12:00 to play, gave the Rams its largest lead of the game at 69-38.
Just as the Rams thought they had the game sealed, Montreat went on a late run hitting several late three's. Bluefield had trouble stopping LaBris Adams who finished with 31 points on the night. Adams also collected 26 points on Bluefield in their first meeting, as he found ways to get to the basket and to the free throw line (12-16). Buff also knocked down 22 points including 4-8 from 3-point land.
Bluefield was able to get several substitutes into the second-half including solid performances from Stanley and Johnson. Stanley knocked down a late three-pointer with 2:22 left on the clock, but Montreat came right back by hitting two-straight three's off a BC turnover. Bluefield alllowed Montreat to slim the lead down to 13 points, but never gave in to a single-digit difference.
Bluefield got a great 'team' effort on the offensive end, as three players finished in double figures including Carpetner (23), M'bala (20) and Wilson (15).
With the 96-83 win, Bluefield splits the season series with Montreat and sit at 3rd place in the AAC standings. The Rams have two final conference games (1 away, 1 home) as they will look to slide into the top two positions towards the end of the season. While it will take other teams to lose two games, there is a possibility for changes in the current standings before the AAC tournament begins.
Bluefield will travel to Dayton, Tennessee to face Bryan College this Saturday at 4pm EST.