Men's basketball finishes 0-2 on conference weekend trip
Bluefield still sits at 3rd place in conference play ahead of big Montreat game on Wed
Sports Information Department BC
February 6, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
The men's basketball team left Bluefield for a two-game road trip on Thursday looking to move a top of the AAC standings, but came up empty in both attempts at games in Tennessee and Georgia.
The Rams first went to Athens, Tenn. for a matchup versus Tennessee Wesleyan. In the first matchup, Bluefield dominated the Bulldogs from the opening tipoff as they cruised to a 100-81 win at the Dome Gymnasium.
Wesleyan returned the 'favor' on their home court on Thursday with an offensive outburst of their own. Crisp and Scates went 21 of 31 from the field for TWC with 28 & 26 points respectively. Bluefield had trouble getting back on the fastbreak, as the Bulldogs went after the Rams from the get-go.
Bluefield's only two scoring options were Marion and Carpenter. The two of them accounted for 60% of the entire team's point total (36 of 61 points). While the team was down 16 at the half, they continued to struggle in the second half as Wesleyan outscored them 47-24 in the second half as well.
The Bulldogs came away with the 100-61 victory, as it was Bluefield's worse loss of the season.
On the Rams second road contest, the team faced Reinhardt University on saturday afternoon in Waleska, Georgia.
The Eagles led the entire first half, as the Rams were unable to muster up any type of run in order to catch Reinhardt off guard. Bluefield did narrow the RU lead all the way down to three points at 23-20 after a Andrew Wilson field goal with 3:20 left to play. But the Eagles closed the frame on a 9-1 run to lead 35-24 at the break.
Coach Morgan must have said something at the halftime intermission though. The Rams came out with huge pressure, and became highly effective on the offensive end especially inside with Carpenter. To start the second half, Byron Carpenter made five consecutive field goals on each Bluefield possesion, followed by a M'bala made three-pointer.
Before you knew it, the Rams were leading by seven, 52-47, with 9:10 to play after a 18-point swing in the matter of ten minutes. Both teams went back and forth for the late minutes of the final half. There were five lead changes in the half.
With the hot shooting of Bluefield early in the half, the energy calmed down late resulting in a tough finish to the contest. With 4:39 showing on the clock at 59-59, RU's Ishmael John drained a three sparking the Eagles late run. Bluefield would only score three points in the final four minutes while Reinhardt close the game out on a ten-point run.
The Eagles beat Bluefield 72-62 in a much closer game than the scoresheet shows. Carpenter led all scorers and had a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Ted O'boute finished with a nice performance with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Bluefield will look to regroup with another important conference game on Wednesday at home against Montreat. BC is looking for some revenge on the Cavaliers who beat the Rams in North Carolina in OT for the 5th consecutive season. The earlier loss this season against Montreat was what broke Bluefield's unblemished record at the time
Game time is set for 7:30pm EST.