Men's basketball drops AAC semi-finals at Reinhardt 80-55 By Sports Information Department BC | February 23, 2012 | RSS Bluefield College Athletics Sports Information Department Bluefield, Virginia Waleska, Ga.- The Bluefield College men's basketball team struggled on Thursday Night in the AAC Semi-Final game as Reinhardt University ran away with a 80-55 victory to advance to the conference championship on Saturday. Early on in the contest, teams played extremely tight with both sides exchanging baskets for a good majority of the first half. Tied at 17-17 with 6:30 to play in the half, a charge on the Reinhardt defensive end helped turn the momentum towards the Eagles. Bluefield would go on to miss five consecutive shots, including a first shot bonus FT. The Eagles used the little room Bluefield gave them to close the half on a 14-2 run giving them a comfortable 33-19 lead heading into the break. The first five minutes of the second half were slow just as the first half started, and Bluefield picked up a quick run after two consecutive trips to the charity stripe by Carpenter and O'boute. Following those points, Wilson responded with a three and a field goal, and the Rams narrowed the margin to 12 points, 49-37 with 13:11 to play. With lots of time left to spare for Bluefield to make a late second half run, the Eagles continued to shoot well from the field. The Eagles had four players in double-figures, but they shot a team-combined 50% from the field. Not only did the consistent shooting of Reinhardt help in their success, but so do the cold shooting of the Rams. Bluefield went 16-70 from the field, a mere 23%. For the remainder of the game (13 minutes), Bluefield only scored 18 more points to Reinhardt's 31. Of the 16 shots made by the Rams, six of them were 3-pointers. Bluefield's one bright spot on the night was their free shooting, which they went 17-22 from the line. The Rams were led in scoring by Byron Carpenter who finished with 14 points in the contest. With the loss, Bluefield drops to 18-15 overall and is eliminated from AAC Tournament play. The team will still advance to the NCCAA Regionals in early March in search of qualifiying for the National Tournament in Winona Lake, Ind. For more information, be sure to follow BC Athletics on Twitter @BluefieldRams.