Rams Basketball drops two on road in South Carolina
Rams lose twice against St. Andrews and FMU over Thanksgiving break in South Carolina
Sports Information Department BC
November 27, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Florence, South Carolina- The Bluefield Rams men's basketball team came up on the short-end of the stick on two consecutive days at the Comfort Suites Classic in South Carolina, dropping the first game 78-76 to St. Andrews and the second 85-72 to host-Francis Marion on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Rams had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer on Andrew Wilson's running jumper, but the shot rimmed out as SAU defeated the Rams by two.
SAU kept Carpenter in check throughout the contest, as he finished with just ten shot attempts for 16 points. Even though the Rams had four in double-figures, he and Marion still led the team with 16 a piece.
The backcourt of SAU gave BC a bit of trouble as SAU-guard Ross Williams led all scorers with 19. The Rams trailed three at the half 37-34, and outscored SAU in the second frame, but it wasn't enough for Bluefield to pull ahead.
The second game on Sunday had Bluefield facing off against host-school, Francis Marion. Like Saturday, the Rams stuck hand-in-hand with the Patriots. Unlike Saturday, the Rams got the early lead but let off the pedal when they got into early foul trouble resulting in a different lineup for a good amount of the half.
With the Patriots clinging to a slim 31-29 lead at halftime, Smith opened the second half by connecting on all six of his field goal attempts in the opening 4:16 of the stanza. His 13 points helped widen the FMU advantage to 48-43.
The lead would swell to 59-48 following a fast break bucket by freshman guard Clayton Williams with 11:16 remaining. The Rams did a wonderful job to gradually crawl their way back into the game, drawing to within 71-68 after a three-pointer by Borgia M’bala with 5:28 left.
FMU sophomore guard Evrik Gary answered with a fast break jumper from the left wing and Turner added a pair of free throws to push the margin to seven at 75-68. FMU then sealed the win by draining six consecutive free throws in the final minute.
Sophomore 6-7 center Byron Carpenter led Bluefield (3-8) with 20 points while M’bala scored 19.
Francis Marion held a commanding 47-27 rebounding advantage and consequently led 16-1 in second-chance points.
"It was a learning experience for our guys", exclaimed Coach Richard Morgan. "I was interested to see how our guys would bounce back after a heartbreak loss on Saturday, and they did well. They competed well. We didn't always play smart, but we played hard."
The recent tough schedule Morgan set for his team is all a part of his game plan in preparing for the tough conference schedule which starts before the break this season. BC will open up against Union (Ky.) on Wednesday in Bluefield.
"Its conference time. Its a 0-0 record now, and we'll see how we play on Wednesday but I feel like the past few weeks have been a success regardless of the outcome."
Game time for Wednesday is set for 7:30pm EST, following the conclusion of the women's game.