Rams reach triple digits against Tenn Wesleyan in 100-84 conference win
Bluefield stays perfect in AAC play at 3-0 on the season
Sports Information Department BC
January 5, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Bluefield College men's basketball team picked up right where they left off before the holiday with an incredible shooting performance as the Rams defeat another AAC opponent in Tennessee Wesleyan 100-84 on Thursday.
Unblemished in conference play so far this year at 3-0, the Rams have scored in triple-digits in all three AAC contests.
In Thursday's contest, the Rams got the point total up quickly with the sharp-shooting of M'bala, Marion and Wilson early on in the first half. Bluefield shot an incredible 62 percent on the night, and 50 percent from behind the three-point line.
Up ten points with 10 minutes to play in the first half, the Bulldogs went on a strong run to go into the half with a great effort. With three straigh buckets, one coming off a turnover by Wilson, Wesleyan cut the lead to four points, 52-48 going into the break.
While the pace slowed down considerably in the second half, the pressure did not. Both teams would receive technical fouls at different times resulting in easy points. The Rams were able to get some easy transition buckets, but so was Tenn Wesleyan. Bluefield turned the ball over 18 times compared to TWC's 10- but the steady outside shooting and consistent post-play of Byron Carpenter kept Bluefield on top.
Bluefield never trailed in the contest, something they followed through with from the women's game too. Tennessee Wesleyan looked confident to get back into the match finding a few mis-matches on their forwards to Bluefield's small guards. As they cut the Bluefield lead to 70-63 with 10:07 to go, Kearsten Marion took over. Marion created a flashy assist to Carpenter for the dunk, and created two turnovers for four straight points for himself.
There was no turning back for the Rams as they extended their lead throughout by hitting several clutch free-throws down the stretch. (70 percent from FT line)
Bluefield extends their record to 10-8 overall, and 3-0 in AAC play. Top scorers for the Rams: Carpenter (33), Marion (27) and M'bala (15).
Bluefield will host Reinhardt (Ga.) on Saturday in Bluefield at 4:00pm before traveling to Milligan on Monday for a 7:30pm tip-off.