Rams cruise in AAC Tournament Quarterfinals with 93-58 win over Montreat
BC win sets up matchup with Reinhardt on Thursday at 7pm
Sports Information Department BC
February 21, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Rams are another step closer to becoming AAC tournament champions with a dominating performance on Tuesday night as they disposed of Montreat 93-58 in AAC quarterfinal action at the Dome.
Bluefield (#3 seed) opened its conference tournament action on a great note as they were hitting on all cylinders against Montreat (#6 seed) for the second consecutive meeting in two weeks. This time around coming in a "due-or-die" situation.
Byron Carpenter helped the Rams early on in the game to get an early lead, as he opened with eight points within the first ten minutes of the game. Bluefield continued to extend its lead by forcing several turnovers on Montreat and finishing on the transition.
Both O'boute and Carpenter got into foul trouble early on in both halves, but Coach Morgan and his staff did a great job managing his personnel and several players played key minutes off the bench.
Marion had a great first half for the Rams, as he not only helped in a suffocating defense but also dished out several pin-point passes. With a 1:30 left in the half, he put a stamp on the half with an open three-pointer giving Bluefield a 40-25 lead. BC would extend to 42-25 at the break, giving them a 17-point advantage.
Bluefield opened the second half on another quick run and they never turned back. With several huge shots by Marion and Wilson to put the dagger in the Cavaliers, Bluefield cruised to a convincing lead twenty-point lead. The Rams would open the game up even with a few other players who picked up nice minutes off the bench including Devon Page and Matt Stanley.
Bluefield finished the game on a 27-14 run over the final nine minutes in regulation. Montreat turned the ball over a hefty 24 times while Bluefield protected the ball giving it over only seven times.
The third-place team had all five starters in double-figures. Marion led the way with 24 points on the night, followed up by a nearly-perfect shooter in Byron Carpenter. Byron went 9 for 11 from the floor and had 18 points in the game. Ted O'boute had an outstanding game with ten points and eight rebounds on a busy evening.
BC's 35-point win was second largest win (margin) of the season, behind its 38-point differential in an earlier win against Bridgewater. The win comes at a perfect time extending the Rams' season for another game.
Bluefield will travel to Georgia to take on #2-ranked Reinhardt University on Thursday night at 7:00pm for the AAC Semi-Finals. The two teams have split their two previous regular season meetings. The winner of the 3rd meeting will book a ticket to the championship game.
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