Marion's 36 bites the Cobras in 83-76 BC win
Bluefield stays in 1st with big performance on the road in Bristol
Sports Information Department BC
January 18, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bristol, Virginia- The Bluefield men's basketball team picked up an 83-76 road win over Virginia Intermont tonight in Bristol.
The Rams improved their AAC leading record to 7-1 and improved their overall record to 14-9 after the victory of the Cobras (8-11, 1-6 AAC).
The Rams took an early 10-8 lead before a long scoreless drought was ended by a transition layup from Virginia Intermont's Justin Morris, tying the game back up at 10. Kearsten Marion answered with a three-point shot off of an inbounds pass to put the Rams back on top 13-10.
The Cobras regained the lead until an offensive rebound and put back from Ted O'boute tied the game back up at 17.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Marion put Bluefield up 25-21. On the following play, Alvin Board got a steal at halfcourt and hit Marion under the basket for a layup. The ensuing play, Marion got a steal at halfcourt and missed a layup, but Board cleaned it up with an offensive rebound and layup to put the Rams up 29-21.
Two more baskets capped a 16-2 run and a 33-21 lead for Bluefield, but turnovers and missed shots sent the Rams' offense into a cold steak. A 9-0 run from Virginia Intermont brought the score back to 33-31.
Marion responded again with back-to-back three-point shots to put the Rams up 39-31. The Cobras closed out the half with a layup and two free throws to pull back within four. Bluefield lead 39-35 at the break.
An onslaught of turnovers by the Rams sent Virginia Intermont on a 10-2 run as they opened up a 45-41 lead six minutes into the second half, but Bluefield regained the lead with a quick run of their own. A ten-foot jump shot from O'boute put them back up 49-48 with 12:05.
The Rams did not trail again as the three-point shots from Marion continued to drop down the stretch. He finished the game with 36 points, shooting 8-13 from three.
Byron Carpenter finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.