Rams 2nd-half effort not enough in Cumberlands' loss
A 97-86 loss to Mid-South Conference member, Cumberlands, gives hope for current conference season
Sports Information Department BC
November 2, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
A spirited second-half charge by Bluefield College wasn't enough as the University of the Cumberlands stole the show on opening night defeating the Rams 97-86 at the Dome Gymnasium.
A festive crowd was on hand to see the opening game for the men's basketball team as they faced off against a tough non-conference opponent, Cumberlands Patriots, an NAIA-Division 1 program.
The Patriots jumped out to an early and commanding lead in the first half, before the Rams were able to get settled into any real flow. The early gap caused Coach Morgan's team to have to crawl back for a majority of the opening twenty minutes of play.
Bluefield's Ty Johnson came in off the bench to bring some great defense and spark for the Rams, this helped create some energy for the Rams' players after trailing early on 16-6. BC's Wilson heated up dishing out three key assists to Byron Carpenter late in the half, as the Rams would only trail by five at the break, 51-46.
Again, the Rams started off slow in the second half allowing the Patriots to gain a huge 19-point lead midway through the second frame on a 19-4 run. With just under 14 minutes to play, the Rams began to scratch and peel away at the Patriots lead.
The Rams switched back and forth from a half-court defense to a full-court press, and even into a man-to-man at times, hoping to catch the Patriots off guard- which it did.
The Rams got some much-needed help from their bench in the second half by Hobbie and Shortridge, helping to inject new blood into the Rams offense. Wilson, alongside Carpenter, brought the Rams back within seven points with under two minutes to play. The Rams missed two late shots hoping to pull back the score but were unsuccessful.
Balanced scoring by Cumberlands was a real threat for Bluefield in handling the visitors on team defense as the Patriots had five players in double-figures including Daniel's 23 points, as he went a perfect 6-6 from behind the arc.
Bluefield was led in scoring by G Andrew Wilson with 26 points and F Byron Carpenter with 24 points.
BC will be back on hardwood when they travel to the Asbury Tournament this weekend, when they open play with IU East at 6:00 pm on Friday evening.