Rams squeeze out tight win over Bryan College
Rams sit at 6-1 in AAC play and are receiving national ranking votes in NAIA
Sports Information Department BC
January 14, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virgina- The Bluefield College men's basketball team held on for a close 68-67 win over Bryan College in an entertaining AAC battle at the Dome Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Sports are a game of inches, and this game held true to this fact. With just under four seconds to play in regulation, Bryan's Dion Fair created some space and launched a long jumper to tie the game up and extend the contest into overtime. His 3-point attempt was made, but a great officiating call showed Fair's foot being across the line resulting in just two points.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half and went into the break with the Rams clinging to a 32-26 lead. Bluefield led the entire second half. Midway through the second half, the Rams extended their lead to as many as eight points. But the athleticism of the Lions helped spark late run to draw the lead to just one point.
The Rams also got help late in the second half on two technical fouls and their possesion as a result. Bluefield took advantage of the Lions' mishaps and scored six straight points.
Down 64-63, the Lions missed a shot that would have given them the lead. They fouled immediately, and the Rams hit both free throws to go up three. Bryan was fouled with 11 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to get back within one. Again, Bryan fouled immediately, and once again Bluefield hit both free throws to go up three from Marion's made free-throws.
On the final play, Bryan's attempt was not enough as Bluefield held on for the 68-67 win.
"We made some plays down the stretch but didn't get after it on the defensive end of the floor", added Morgan. "We had too many missed assignments but got out of there with a WIN. We have to make better plays and more stops on the defensive end of the floor."
Bluefield are now back on their winning ways and will look to continue their late-season push when they travel to Bristol to play Virginia Intermont on Wednesday.
Bluefield High Scorers: Marion (26), Carpenter (17) and Wilson (14).